Phyllis Vroom Named Deputy President at Wayne State University

Phyllis I. Vroom, who retired last September as dean of the School of Social Work at Wayne State University, has been named deputy president of the university. Wayne State University President Alan Gilmour has undergone 43 treatments for prostate cancer and the treatments have side effects that, at times, make it difficult for him to perform his duties. So Dr. Vroom was brought in to serve as his assistant. She will begin her new post on October 15.

Dr. Vroom joined the Wayne State faculty in 1969 as an assistant professor of social work. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Wayne State and a doctorate in postsecondary and continuing education from the University of Michigan.

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  1. Congratulations to Dr. Phyllis I. Vroom and Wayne State University. Dr. Vroom is a wonderful role model, educator and scholar.

    Dr. Vroom makes a real difference in everything she undertakes from building on collaborations to working effectively with diverse communities.

    President Gilmour and Dr.Vroom will make a wonderful team.

  2. Wayne State University could not be in the hands of a more capable individual other than this dynamic person, in the name of Phyllis I. Vroom. Congratulations to Dr. Vroom & the board or regents, for making such a wise decision for the university & the academic community of Detroit, Michigan! Kudos!

  3. Dear Phyllis,

    I think of you often and of our years at Central High. I am so impressed with your great accomplishments but you were always meant for great things. Last night I watched a PBS program on Detroit and remembered the wonderful and vibrant city we grew up in and I felt very sad. That is why I finally looked you up. Congratulations of your appointment. I would love to hear from you.

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