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Paul Goebel Frederick Matthaei Irene Murphey

Allan Sorenson

Eugene Power

William Cudlip

Robert Briggs Carl Brablec

Regen eresent Public as Final



The Regents constitute the ulti-
mhate authority of the University.
As an institution established
and financed by Michigan taxpay-
ers, the University is ultimately
accountable to those taxpayers.
That is the: function of the Re-
gents, who are elected directly by
the voters of the state:
The Regents are elected for
eight-year terms, two being elect-
ed every other year.
Regental Elections
Formerly, the elections were
held in the spring of odd-num-
bered years with the last one
conducted in 1963. However, last
December, the state Legislature
moved Regental elections to even-
numbered years to comply with
the new state constitution, which

eliminated spring elections. The
next election will be held in No-
vember, 1966.
The Regental power is recogniz-
ed in the state constitution, which
not only sets the Regents above
the University administrative hier-
archy but also sets them free from
control by any other branch of
the state government.
Many University officials claim
that this constitutional autonomy
is an essential factor in making
the University a leader among
state universities.
Despite this theoretically abso-
lute authority, the Regents' day-
to-day role in University govern-
ment is relatively small. The ac-
tual running of the University is
done by administrators and fac-


ulty members who are trained and In 1835 a new state constitution
appointed for this purpose. was formulated, and in the proc-
Combination ess, higher education received sig-
The combination of duties is dif- nificant recognition--the size of
ficult to analyze. Generally, the the University was increased, and
administration of the University its organization constructed so
reports to, rather than takes or- that it functioned as it does to-
ders from, the Regents. day.
University, President H a r 1 a n The government of the Univer-
Hatcher once put it this way: "The sity was vested in a Board of Re-

role of a governing board is not
to manage a university, but to

make sure that it is prop
The Regents, Hatchei
ued, must find a happy
between two extremes o
ultra-permissiveness and
The first extreme wou
that all power would resi
appointed administrato
other extreme would iml
lute power in the hand
The University has n
been run under the Rege
tem. When the Univer
first established in 1817
erning board composed o
axiim (or professorships)
pointed by the territorial
to regulate all concerns o
stitution, including theE
ment of "colleges, a
schools and libraries."
The first governing b
no right to charge tuition

erly man-
r contin-
f policy:
.ld implyj
de in the
rs; the

gents (the name was taken from
New York institutions of higher
education) and consisted of 12
members and a chancellor, who
was the ex-officio president of the
The governor no longer ap-
pointed board members, but rath-
er submitted his nominations to
the state Senate for their approv-

immediately preceding commence- The budgets and changes in by-
ment," but hold additional regu- laws or other policies are debated
lar meetings 10 times during the and discussed until decisions are
year. made.
The meetings take place over a The president of the University
two-day period, usually Thursday chairs the meetings, and, in addi-
and Friday of the second or third tion to him, the six vice-presidents
week of the month. and various public relations peo-
Sessions held on Thursday and ple and assistants have a voice at
Friday mornings are held behind the meetings.
closed doors. Until April of 1962, Eight Regents
the Friday afternoon meetings These eight people are currently
were also closed-only members of Regents:
the press could sit in-but since -Regent Carl Brablec, current-
that time it has been opened to ly superintendent of schools in
the general public. Roseville, has held numerous
The monthly meetings take be- teaching and education posts. A
tween 12 and 20 hours, and in this graduate of Eastern Michigan
time all University appointments, University, he earned a master's
salary hikes and retirements are degree from the University. His;
taken care of. term expires at the end of 1965.

-Regent Robert P. Briggs is troit industrialist. His term will
the latest addition to the board. expire at the end of 1967.
He was named last November to -Regent Irene B. Murphy is a
take the place of William McInal- social worker and the founder of
ly, who died in August. His term a firm which imports Asian vil-
will expire in 1968. lage products. Regent Murphy,
-Regent William Cudlip, a law- who received her master's degree
yer, won his first term two years from the University, will complete
ago. A graduate of the Law School, her term this November.
Cudlip will leave the Regents at -Regent Eugene B. Power is
,he end of 1971. chairman of the board. An expert
in micro-photography, he owns a
--Regent Paul Goebel, a former local microfilm company. His term
professional football player, is now on the board ends in December
an executive of a sports distribut-'1971.
ing company in Grand Rapids. A -Regent Allen R. Sorenson, a
University graduate, he will fin- chemical engineer, has also served
ish his term in December, 1969. as trustee of Michigan Technolog-
-Regent Frederick C. Matthaei, ical University. Another Univer-
a University graduate, and former sity graduate, Sorenson will con-
Wolverine athlete, is now a De- lude his term in December, 1969.



ply abso- Evaluation
is of the Rather slowly, the Regents
evolved into the group they are
ot always Today: an eight-man board, elect-
ental sys- ed by the state and responsible for
sity was its actions only to the electorate.
7, a gov- This provision of election en- By MICHAEL BADAMO building which bears his name and
f 13 did- ables them to be generally inde- huses th a rs deparment.
was ap- pendent of state politics and poli- Only none men have held the housesgmua the arthistorydepartment.
governor ticians, except for when the mat- office of University President. men's honorary, holds its annual
of the in- ter of appropriations for the sev- Their deeds as chief executives diag initiationaround the huge
establish- m state-supported colleges and have been recorded in history oak tree next to the General Li
cademies, universities comes up in the state books and their names grace many brary, which is also named for
Legislature. of the campus' most important Tappan.
ody had The Regents have only one an- landmarks from Angell Hall to
. nual meeting, which "shall be held Burton Tower. Erastus Otis Haven, a Methodist
The University's first president, minister and professor of English
Henry Philip Tappan, was ap- and Latin at the University from
pointed by the Regents in 1852. 1852 to 1856, brought a feeling
Previous to that the University of strong religious tolerance and
had no full-time president. nonsectarianism to the office of
Tappan, a well known educator University. president.
and theologian, was greatly in- Haven's appointment found the
terested in the academic expansion students demonstrating for the
more classrooms and fewer dormi- chapel observed in Mason Hall.
tories be built, Tappan saw a
museum erected on a site intended 'Unfortunate'
for dormitory expansion. University biographer Kent Sa-
Remembered gandorph describes President
Tappan is remembered on cam- Haven as "a rather unfortunate
pus by the now ancient red brick figure, an able administrator, a
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capable teacher and a kind Chris-
tian gentleman.
"In ; other circumstances he
might have been selected as presi-
dent of a small college on his
merits and professional stature
. He lacked the commanding
personality of a strong president,
but in patient compromises, he
usually got what he wanted."
When Haven fell into an argu-
ment between homeopaths and
allopaths regarding medical edu-
cation at the University, he resign-
ed suddenly.
Three Times
The University's third president
held the position on three dif-
ferent occasions, but was never
actually appointed University
president by the Regents. When
Haven resigned, the Regents ask-
ed Latin Professor Henry Simmons
Frieze to act -as president until
a successor could be found.
But if President Frieze ever was
concerned about this status, there
is no record of it. "I won't be
doing this much longer," he would
say at regular intervals. "Pretty
soon we'll have a regular presi-
dent and I can go back to my
Latin classes.
"In the meantime, let's see what
we ought to do about this prob-
lem," he would say.
Frieze began his work by per-
suading the state legislators to
give the University $15,000 a year
for four years instead of only two
years as promised in 1868. The
faculty got its long promised
In 1870 President Frieze admit-
ted the first woman, Madelon
Louisa Stockwell, to the University.
Miss Stockwell, who gave her
name to one of the first dorms
on the Hill, passed the entrance
examination with such flying
colors that Frieze had the en-
trance examination abolished for
qualified Michigan applicants.
Frieze served again as the Uni-
versity's chief executive in 1880 to
1882, when it was necessary for
his successor to be absent from
Ann Arbor.
Presidents Haven and Frieze
both have been remembered with
buildings named after them.
The next University president,
James Burrill Angell, held the

position for 38 years. The Angells
moved to Ann Arbor from New
England where President Angell
was president of the University of
The Angell administration saw
many University firsts. President
Angell started out by reminding
friends and alumni that the Uni-
versity could be great only if it
had enough money. And he point-
ed out that the University de-
pended entirely on the state for
every cent-a state which, he im-
plied, hadn't been any too reliable.
Of course, the money poured in.
He saw the introduction of foot-
ball and baseball. He initiated a
full range of electives to stream-
line the tedious undergraduate
program and he introduced the
"faculty advisor" to "bring reason
and method to the fantastic
schedules undergraduates dream
up for themselves."
In 1880, the first sorority, Kappa
Alpha Theta, made its appearance
on campus, where fraternities had
long enjoyed the absence of dor-
mitories, and President Frieze
(who was once again acting head
of the University) found the fry,-
ternities somewhat intolerant of
their sister societies.
As hedid when he admitted the
first woman, however, Frieze had
made it clear that sororities were
just as welcome as fraternities and
sororities arrived for good.
President Angell retired in 1909
to live the rest of his life in the
house where he had spent 38
years, rocking in a chair by the
parlor window, looking out on
South University. His successor,
Henry Burns Hutchins, refused to
have him evicted, preferring to
live elsewhere.
Died in 1916
Angell died in 1916, in the house
where President Harlan Hatcher
lives today, almost a half century
after coming to Ann Arbor. Of
him his son wrote, "He gave the
University a leadership which few
men could have offered."
Under President Angell the Uni-
versity grew up.
President Hutchins, former dean
of the Law School, was the first
graduate of the University to be-
come its president. He went on
a series of speaking tours after
becoming president to encourage



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