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Mike Folk named building manager for School of Dentistry

Mike Folk

Dorothy Smith-Fesl

Dorothy Smith-Fesl will assist with transition until her retirement in December

Ann Arbor, Mich., Aug. 9, 2016 -– Mike Folk, a facilities manager with experience on the University of Michigan campus, has been named building manager for the School of Dentistry.  Effective Aug. 1, he will work with the current building manager, Dorothy Smith-Fesl, until her retirement in December.

Chief of Staff Erica Hanss said Folk was selected after a thorough search conducted by staff members and several members of the Leadership Team.  For most of the last year Folk served as interim asset supervisor for a campus region that included the School of Dentistry.  Before that, he spent eight years as a Construction Coordinator with Medical School Facilities at U-M.

In making the announcement, Hanss praised the work of Smith-Fesl, who has been the school’s building manager for the last 17 years. “Our building is complex. We support the missions of education, service, clinical care and research.  Keeping everything running smoothly is a huge task involving many individuals and a thorough understanding of all the building’s systems.  Dorothy has managed this complexity with skill and grace and she will be missed,” Hanss said.

A recognition event for Smith-Fesl will be announced closer to her retirement date.


The University of Michigan School of Dentistry is one of the nation’s leading dental schools engaged in oral health care education, research, patient care and community service.  General dental care clinics and specialty clinics providing advanced treatment enable the school to offer dental services and programs to patients throughout Michigan.  Classroom and clinic instruction prepare future dentists, dental specialists, and dental hygienists for practice in private offices, hospitals, academia and public agencies.  Research seeks to discover and apply new knowledge that can help patients worldwide.  For more information about the School of Dentistry, visit us on the Web at: