Grasso named UM Dearborn chancellor

Charles E. Ramirez
The Detroit News

A University of Delaware engineering professor has been named the head of the University of Michigan's Dearborn campus, officials said.

Domenico Grasso, 62, has been selected UM-Dearborn's chancellor, effective Aug. 1.

“I am thrilled to be here at one of the world’s great universities and am honored to lead one of its most exciting campuses,” Grasso said in a statement. “I’m eager to begin working with the faculty, staff, students and the surrounding community to shape the next chapter in the campus’ distinguished history.”

Grasso earned his Ph.D. in environmental engineering at UM.

The university's Board of Regents voted unanimously earlier this week to appoint Grasso, who has also served as the University of Delaware's provost and chief academic officer.

U-M President Mark Schlissel recommended Grasso to the board.

“Domenico Grasso comes to UM-Dearborn with impeccable academic credentials and a track record of solid, proven administrative and academic leadership,” Schlissel said in a statement. “His career has been marked by thoughtful and creative initiatives and a strong commitment to the transformative nature of higher education.”

Grasso will be the Dearborn campus' sixth chancellor and will replace Daniel Little, who served in the position for 18 years.

Little will step down from his chancellorship on July 31, but will remain a member of the faculty.