Wayne State University President Allan Gilmour announced Wednesday that a deputy will support his position due to his battle with prostate cancer.
Phyllis Vroom, dean and professor of the WSU School of Social Work, had retired a year ago in September but will become WSU's deputy president on Oct. 15.
Gilmour, 78, who has announced that he is cancer-free, will remain president.
"Based on firm advice from my doctors, I will continue to receive medical treatment that has significant side effects, the most prominent of which is fatigue," said Gilmour. "Having noted this side effect over the summer and knowing the energy required to serve as president of Wayne State, I considered a number of options to ensure the university had the benefit of a fully engaged and energetic president."