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Intricate Job

Grows with


The job of University President'
is a complex one.
It began in 1850 when the Board
of Regents conceded to the de-
mands of the faculty and created
a special post to handlethe myriad
of jobs which, up until then,, the
faculty had been forced to assume
in addition to their teaching. The
first University president was
Henry Philip Tappan and he held
his position from 1850 to 1863.
In the days when President
Tappan first came to Ann Arbor,
the University was a church
oriented school deeply concerned
with providing its students with
the best classical education pos-
sible. Things were calm and well
President Tappan kept the Uni-
versity's affairs well ordered but
his strength lay in his ability to
disrupt the calmness of the Uni-
versity community and introduce
vigorous and thoughtful discussion
of the goals the University should
be seeking to attain. He pushed
his school out into the fields of
the sciences from its purely liberal
arts orientation and sought to in-
crease the number of professors,
buildings and courses. In 1850 the
post of president called for leader-
ship and innovation. The situation
is the same today.
New Problems
Today, University President Har-
lan H. Hatcher is faced with prob-
lems President Tappan would have

been unable to visualize. The world
of automation and mass produc-
tion cannot help but have an in-
fluence on all aspects of modern
life and one of the chief jobs of
the president is to keep the Uni-
versity from feeling too keenly
the sharp edge of depersonalized
The role of University President
is a double one. There are specific
duties which the office entails and
there are many more tasks which
can be learned only through a
knowledge and interpretation of
the office's scope. The specific du-
ties may in some cases rank sec-
ond to the ultimate effect of in-
formal action taken by the chief
The president is authorized by
the Board of Regents to exercise
"such general powers as are in-
herent in the chief executi e ,r
the protection of the nt?ts
and the wise government of the
University, the improvements of
its standards and functions." Re-
gents Bylaw 2.01 states that he
"shall cooperate with the Board
by consulting it in advance, except
upon emergency and in making
temporary appointments, when he
shall exercise his sound discretion,
subject to confirmation of his acts
by the Board."
Close Cooperation
The president and the Board of
Regents work together closely. The


president chairs the monthly Re-
gents meetings, at which times he
reports to the University and leads
discussion on policy making deci-
He is an ex-officio chairman of
the University Senate and a mem-
ber of each of the governing fac-
ulties of the University. He testi-
fies before the state Legislature
in suport of the University's an-
nual budget request. An under-
standing relationship between the
president and the Legislature can
do a great deal to smooth the
University's way at appropriations
President Hatcher has consis-
tently worked toward plans for
putting the University in opera-
tion on a year-round basis. At
the January Regents meeting, he
announced that state funds to
make possible the addition of a
full third semester was second

only to faculty salaries on the
University's priority advancing it
from seventh in priority as listed
in the original budget request sub-
bitted to Gov. George Romney last
Briefs Alums
Along with other University ad.
ministrators, President Y atcher
has participated in in-depth brief-
ings of key alumni and state legis-
lators on the problems and pros -
pects of the University.
In a special program of this type
conducted in Bay City last Feb-
ruary aimed at promoting public
awareness of the University's ex-
penses, he cited coming enroll-
ment pressures, pointing out that
"We have to adjust to greater
numbers andincreased demands-
there must be a new level of state
Legislators present at the ses-
sion indicated that the presenta-

tion had been "enlightening and
valuable." Efforts such as these,
then, may have been instrumental
in the Legislature's approval of
the governor's appropriation re-
quest for the University-which,
has made the scheduling of tri-
mester operations possible.
Notes Progress
The Regents also specify that
the president must deliver an an-
nual state of the University ad-
dress, detailing the progress the
University has made in all the
areas of its concern during the
previous year. President Hatcher's
last state of the University speech
was concerned with the increasing
er- lment and plans for the de-
vc. pment of the cent. al campus
area. He also discussed the ad-
vantages of the proposed residen-
tial college which will further
growth in the liberal arts area of
the University-without sa rificing

the benefits of connection with a
large university.
Although not outlined officially
anywhere, an important part of
the job of governing an education-
al institution of the University's
size is to be aware of trends in
other parts of the country as well
as other parts of the world.
President Hatcher has travelled
constantly during his tenure in
office. He has renewed acquaint-
ances with past University gradu-
ates in all corners of the earth
and he has brought friendship and
warmth back to Ann Arbor from
many lands.
Attends Conference
Just this summer, he visited
West Germany to attend a series
of conferences on higher education;
problems of that country. Along
with 11 other delegates of the
American Association of Univer-
sities, President Hatcher met with

educators representing the AAU's
German counterpart at Bad
Godesberg. Problems of expanding
graduate schools and increased re-
search demands were among the
problems discussed.
The delegates then visited West
Berlin and Munich as well as the
campuses of various other West
German universities.
Besides his regularly scheduled
duties, conferences and meetings
pop up suddenly anywhere from
San Francisco to Chicago. All of
these must be attended. One of
the more interesting extra-curric-
ular activities President Hatcher
takes part in is the Council for
Institutional Cooperation which
includes the Big Ten universities
and the University of Chicago.
The CIC is working on a plan to
pool each of the member univer-
sity faculties and create a "com-
mon market" of available pro-
grams and faculty members. 1

U' Chief Executives: a Look Backward



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Only nine men have held the
office of president of the Univer-
sity. Their deeds as chief execu-
tive have been recorded in history
books and their names grace many
of the campus' most important
landmarks from Angell Hall to
Burton Tower.
The University's first president,
Henry Philip Tappan, was ap-
pointed by the Regents in 1852,
Previous to that the University
had no full-time president. Tap-
pan, a well-known educator and
theologian, was greatly interested
in the academic expansion of the
University. Proposing that more
classrooms and fewer dormitories
be built, Tappan saw a museum
erected on a site intended for
dormitory expansion.
Tappan, who spent many of his
aarly years in Prussia, was seen
as too worldly by the very con-
servative clergy and faculty who
dominated the University in those
days. Although Tappan, who head-
ed the University for 11 years, was
popular with the students, his
progressive ideas lead to his dis-
Tappan is remembered on cam-
pus by the now-ancient red brick
building which bears his name and
houses the art history department.
Michigamua, the all-campus sen-
ior men's honorary, holds its an-
nual diag initiation around the
huge oak tree next to the Gen-
eral Library which is also named
for Tappan.
Erastus Otis Haven, a Meth-'
odist minister and professor of
English and Latin at the Univer-
sity from 1852 to 1856, brought
a feeling of strong religious toler-
ance and non-sectarianism to the
office of University president.
Haven's appointment found the
students demonstrating for the re-
turn of Tappan, and morning
chapel observed in Mason Hall.
University biographer Kent Sag-
andorph describes President Ha-
ven as "a rather unfortunate fig-
tire, an able administrator, a cap-
able teacher and a kind Christian
"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 per-
sonality of a strong president, but
in patient compromises, he usual-
ly got what he wanted."
When Haven fell into an ar-
gument between homeopaths and
allopaths regarding medical edu-
cation at the University, he re-
signed suddenly.
The University's third presi-
dent held the position on three
different occasions, but was nev-
er actually appointed University
president by the Regents. When
Haven resigned, the Regents asked
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 regu-
lar president, and I'll go back to
my Latin classes.
"In the meantime, let's see what
we ought to do about this prob-
Frieze begun 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 their long-promised
raises, and remarked at President
Frieze's (he had a beautiful mane
:f curly white hair and a snowy
beard) resemblance to Santa
In 1870 President Frieze ad-
mitted the first woman, Madelon
Louisa Stockwell, to the Univer-
sity. Miss Stockwell, who gave
her name to the first dormitory
built on the Hill, passed the ,en-
trance examination with flying
;olors-so much so that Frieze had
the entrance examination abolish-
d for qualified Michigan appli-
Frieze served again as the Uni-
versity's chief executive in 1880-
82 and 1887-88, when it was nec-
essary for his successor to be ab-
sent 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 po-
sition for 38 years. The Angells
moved to Ann Arbor in 1871 from
New England where President An-
gell was president of the Univer-
sity of Vermont.
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
aad enough money. And he pointed
>ut that the University depended
entirely on the state for every
cent-a state which, he implied,
hadn't in the past been any too
reliable. Of course, the money
poured in.
He saw the introduction of
football and baseball, he initiated
a full-range of electives to stream-
line the tedious undergraduate
program, and he introduced the
"faculty advisor" to "bring rea-
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up for themselves."
In 1880, the first sorority, Kap-
pa Alpha Theta, made its appear-
ance on campus, where fraterni-
ties had long enjoyed the absence
of dormitories, and President
Frieze (who was once again act-
ing head of the University) found
the fraternities somewhat intol-
erant of their sister societies. As
he did when he admitted the first

woman, however, Frieze had made
it clear that sororities were just
as welcome as fraternities (though
he didn't say just how welcome
that was), 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
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