Type: School event
Host: Ford School

Celebrating former dean Rebecca M. Blank

A don't-miss Ford School community event

Date & time

Nov 1, 2022, 11:45 am-1:30 pm EDT


Weill Hall, Annenberg Auditorium (1120)
735 S. State St., Ann Arbor

All are invited for a special event in honor of former dean Rebecca (Becky) Blank: we'll name our building’s beautiful central gathering space–currently known as The Great Hall–for her, in grateful tribute to her leadership and legacy.

Becky Blank will join us virtually for the event, sharing stories and lessons learned in conversation with associate dean Luke Shaefer. 

Pick up lunch in the Great Hall (11:45am) and join us in the Annenberg Auditorium at noon for the naming and conversation, then celebrate starting at 1:00pm with cupcakes, coffee, and community in the Rebecca M. Blank Great Hall. 

There will also be an option to watch virtually on this page. 

Becky served as dean of the Ford School from 1999 to 2007 and led an astounding period of growth and achievement. Becky helped get the school named for University of Michigan alumnus President Gerald R. Ford, and solidified warm and supportive connections between the school and President Ford’s family and friends. She also launched important new degree programs in our BA of Public Policy and Joint PhD programs; dramatically grew our faculty; and led the planning and construction for the school’s home, Joan and Sanford Weill Hall, at the corner of State and Hill Streets.

Read more about Becky and the naming of the Rebecca M. Blank Great Hall.