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Marvin L. Niehuss Richard L. Cutler

William K. Pierpont RogerW. Heyns

Vice-Presidents Bear Burdens


The administrative burden of
running the University falls pri-
marily on the shoulders of four
prominent vice-presidents. While
the University President is pri-
marily interested in an overall
view of the University, each of
the vice-presidents develops a deep
expertise in his appointed field.
The four most important offices
on campu--aside from that of the
President-are those of the vice-
president for student affairs, the
executive vice-president, the vice-
president for academic affairs and
the vice-president for business and
The Vice-President for Stu-
dent Affairs. The newest and one
of the most dynamic members of
the "big four" is Vice-President
for Student Affairs Richard Cut-
Since taking office in December,
Cutler has abolished hours for
junior women and broken a prece-
dent by publicly commending the
activities of the Student Non-
violent Coordinating Committee.
A former psychology professor,
Cutler received his bachelor's de-
gree at Western Michigan Univer-
sity, his masters in 1951 at the
University and, his doctorate in
clinical psychology at the Univer-
sity in 1953.
Among his major interests have
been the general area of mental
health, personality theory and
developmental psychology.

Cutler has also been active in
local politics. He ran unsuccess-
fully on the Democratic ticket for
the state Senate in 1960. Sub-
sequently he was appointed a
member of the state mental health
commission by the Gov. John
The Office of Student Affairs is
charged with administering all the
nonacademic aspects of student
life at the University. Thus Cut-
ler's office is responsible for such
varying functions as religious ac-
tivities, the placement bureau,
housing and student organizations.
" The Executive Vice-President.
In February of 1962, the Regents
established the post of Executive
Vice-President-and Marvin L. Nie-
huss was chosen to fill it.
Regent Carl Brablec of Rose-
ville commented at that time that
previously the by laws had not
provided the President with a
"competent deputy."
As executive vice-president, Nie-
huss is the chief assistant to Uni-
versity President Harlan Hatcher.
When the University's chief execu-
tive is away, Niehuss assumes
During his time at the Univer-
sity, Niehuss has become a forma-
tive factor in deciding administra-
tive policy.
Niehuss joined the University
faculty in 1927 as an instructor in
the schobd of business adminis-
tration. In 1936 he became an

associate professor in the law
school. Eight years later he was
appointed the vice-president for
University relations. In 1951 he
was named as dean of faculties
of the University.
Niehuss holds a bachelor's and
law degree from the University.
His main duties include activity
as the University's man in Lan-
sing, representing the University
in such bodies as, the Coordinating
Council for Higher Education.
* The Vice-President for Aca-
demic Affairs. Vice-President
Roger Heyns heads the Office of
Academic Affairs and bears the
responsibility for coordinating the
academic world at the University.
Perhaps the single most im-
portant area of concern for Heyns
is conferring with other adminis-
trators on plans for University
Heyns holds a PhD from the
University. He joined the faculty
as an instructor in psychology on
1947 and was appointed a full
professor in 1957. In 1958 he was
named dean of the literary col-
Niehuss used to carry the com-
bined burdens of academic affairs
and executive vice-president. By
1962 his work load became so
cumbersome that Niehuss was pro-
moted to his present position and
Heyns was named the vice-presi-
dent for academic affairs.
Heyns' position tends to be more

function-oriented and'more clear-
cut than that of Niehus. His ma-
jor .concerns have been "the size
and complexity of the University
and coordinating different activi-
ties for a better educatiop."
Heyns has been involved in con-
sultations on all major ideas for
reforming the literary college.
*The Vice-President for Busi-
ness and Finance. Keeping track
of the University's finances in the
Job of Vice-President for Business
and Finance Wilbur K. Pierpont.
The University has assets of
about $360 million and spends
about $125 million yearly.
In addition, Pierpont could be
called the "vice-president for non-
academic affairs" for just as the
office of academic affairs watches
over the University's faculty, Pier-
pont's office is in charge of the
many service employes of the Uni-
versity. The service department
and the plant department both
fall under his jurisdiction.
Pierpont's office is also respon-
sible for handling the financial
arrangements necessary to provide
a base for the University's expand-
ing developments such as the
orth Campus- and the medical
Pierpont assumed his post in
1951, at which time he was also
named a professor of accounting
in the business school. Previously
he had been the controller of the
University since 1947.



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