As a faculty and staff member at the University of Michigan, one of the most rewarding aspects of being part of this great community is the opportunity to work with some truly remarkable individuals.
Dr. Esrold A. Nurse, Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Education and Executive Director of the Newnan Advising Center, who recently announced his retirement effective this fall, is one of these remarkable individuals who embodies both the leadership and dedication to student success that makes this University such an outstanding institution for higher learning.
Amongst his accomplishments throughout his 20-plus year career at the University of Michigan includes spearheading the re-envisioning of the “LSA Counseling Office” and creating the LSA Advising Center (now known as the Newnan Advising Center). Through his leadership efforts, the Newnan Advising Center is comprised of 60 full-time staff members, including 30 advisors, as well as academic auditors, advising technology and information experts, an expanded Academic Standards Board and the Testing Accommodation Center.
His commitment to student success has also been essential throughout his tenure at U-M, and has personally provided guidance to numerous undergraduate students over the years. In addition to his work with students, Dr. Nurse has also been highly regarded as a supervisor, receiving the Work/Life Balance Award, which recognized his formal innovations – such as flexible scheduling, and less formal, everyday efforts.
Additionally, Dr. Nurse’s commitment and efforts to diversity, equity and inclusion have been instrumental throughout his career, and was recognized in 2014 as a recipient of the Distinguished Diversity Leaders Award.
I would like to express my sincerest gratitude to Dr. Nurse for all of his efforts, including his continuous work in helping make the University of Michigan a more diverse, equitable and inclusive environment.
His impact on the University will be long-lasting and am positive that wherever his journey takes him next, success will be just around the corner.
– Robert Sellers