Mike Addonizio is a Charles H. Gershenson Distinguished Faculty Fellow and Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Wayne State University and a member of Wayne State's Kaplan Collaborative for Urban Education. He previously served as Assistant Michigan State Superintendent for Research and Policy. Dr. Addonizio's expertise is in education economics and public school finance. He holds a Master of Public Policy from the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. in Economics from Michigan State University.
Attorneys for Nichols' family called the move "appropriate and proportional" in response to his death and urged other cities to follow suit but also stressed that "misconduct is not restricted to these specialty units."