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PTEMBER 30, 1961


Bacon Resigns Dean's Position

(Continued from Page 1)
man Relations Board originated
last spring's protests with a doc-
ument' they submitted to Lewis
and a faculty committee.:
The faculty Student Relations
Committee then followed with a
report to Lewis advocating sweep-
ing changes in his office.
Theirreport, never released in
full, called for personnel changes,
structural changes with in the of-
fice, clearer relationships between
OSA and they rest of the -Univer-
sity, a review of University hous-,
ing policies and establishment ofr
an orderly grievance mechanism,
for students.
Issue Statement
Members of the original stu-
dent group still on campus met
again last night and issued this
"It is encouraging that the
dynamic qualities which Miss
Bacon possesses are being trans-
ferred to a position where they
can be used to advantage.
"We hope that those students
and faculty members for whom
the central issue was the pa-
ternalistic orientation of thet
Dean of Women's Office will,
now focus their attention on the
broader aspects of the problem.
Not Personalities
"For we are not, and never
have been, primarily concerned
with personalities. We are most
concerned that the University
re-evaluate the role which the
Office of Student Affairs should
play in the lives of the student
Other aspects of OSA are un-
der study presently by a commit-
tee appointed during the summer
by Lewis to investigate the office's
This committee, chaired by
Prof. John Reed of the Law
School; consists of faculty, staff'
and administration members in
addition to four student members
from SGC.

Following are the full texts of statements issued yesterday
by University President Harlan Hatcher and Dean of Women
Deborah Bacon, after the Regents accepted. Miss Bacon's
resignation as dean of women.
President Hatcher said:
"It is with reluctance that I announce acceptance by the
Regents of the resignation of Miss Deborah Bacon as dean of
women, effective at the end of the present semester. At her
request, she will continue as a faculty member within the
"Since the fall of 1950, Miss Bacon has carried an ever
increasing burden of responsibility. During this period, enroll-
ment of women has increased from 5,039 to this fall's total
of 8,203.
"During the past two or three years, Miss Bacon has talked
on several occasions with Vice-President for Student Affairs
James A. Lewis regarding her desire to transfer from adminis-
trative responsibilities to=teaching. It now seems necessary
to comply with her wishes and accept her resignation as dean
of women.
"I can fully understand the strong appeal which the pros-
pect of teaching has for Miss Bacon. Her own scholarship; her
ability to speak and teach, and her interest in the intellectual
growth of students make it easier to accept the loss of her
administrative services to gain a teacher."
Miss Bacon said:
"I have served for 11 years in a thrilling, exciting and
satisfying experience at the University. Administering to the
needs of women in this great institution is a most challenging
task. The burden, however, grows heavier year by year,
especially inasmuch as I personally am not in tune with some
of the changes which seem inevitable in the years ahead. For
these reasons, after giving much thought to the matter, I
am requesting a change in assignment.
"I 'am genuinely enthusiastic to begin the career of Uni-
versity teaching I prepared for at Columbia University. While
good students and good books meet in Ann Arbdr, I would
like to continue to serve this great University in my capacity
as a faculty member."


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