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Wayne State University

Dear campus community,

I am pleased to announce that after a challenging search due to the pandemic, Bill Decatur, who retired as vice president for finance and business operations, treasurer, and chief financial officer in December, will step back into the role, effective Monday, Nov. 2, 2020, and continuing until January 2022.

I would like to extend my thanks to Rebecca Cooke, who has been serving in the position on an interim basis and has agreed to delay her retirement until Nov. 1. This will allow her to get the fiscal year 2021 budget completed, and once approved, begin implementing it. Rebecca has been a fabulous asset to the university, and she will be missed.

When he retired, Bill had planned to travel, but the pandemic has put those plans on hold. His return will provide us with experience and stability in this role while we search for a new provost. It will also allow us to put the vice president for finance search on hold until 2021.   

During his first five-year stint with the university, Bill’s accomplishments included the Corvias housing agreement, construction of the Anthony Wayne Drive Apartments and the Mike Ilitch School of Business, and a new master plan.

I will be working on the next steps for the provost search in the upcoming weeks. It will be kicked off at the start of the fall semester, when faculty return.


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M. Roy Wilson