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and especially adept at budgetary mat-
ters. That trait is likely deemed vital
for the next president, as the University
enters a decade which promises in-
creasing budget constraints.
Shapiro could not be reached last
night after the meeting of the Univer-
sity Board of Regents for comment.
Frye also has been described as
proficient at financial matters. He has
handled volatile issues in LSA such as
the Samoff tenure controversy with
FRYE SAID he knows nothing about
the search, and refused to comment on
any involvement he might have with
Rhodes also has been mentioned
frequently as a likely candidate, and
even was considered a possible choice
for the post several years ago, before he
accepted the presidency at Cornell.
According to one source close to a
search committee member, Rhodes
was on one of the last lists of names, but
his candidacy was in doubt because he
has been at Cornell for only two years.
Rhodes could not be reached for
THE SOURCE said another univer-
sity's president, Hanna Gray of the
University of Chicago, also was in con-
tention, but eliminated herself. She has
been at the University of Chicago for
only one year, which was her reason for
dropping out, according to the source.
Gray could not be reached for com-
ment yesterday, and her assistant,
Gregory Campbell, said he knew "ab-
solutely nothing about it."
Several student government leaders,
having met and discussed the issue of
the new president with some University
officials say it has been "strongly hin-
ted at that he (the new president) would
be from inside the University."
SEVERAL officials and student
leaders have said they would be
"disappointed" if a candidate from in-
side the University was named. These
CANDIDATES ARE still being inter-
viewed this week, according to an em-
ployee of one faculty search committee
member. A source close to a search
committee member said the interviews
were being held somewhere near
Detroit Metropolitan Airport.
The secretive nature of the search
committees here to blame public
disclosure of candidates for those
After the search process had begun
here, the Regents became more and
more convinced that a search not sub-
ject to public scrutiny would enable
them to obtain the best president for the
persons said they hoped for an outside
candidate to "clean house."
Other sources with indirect informa-
tion about the search said they would be
pleased with Shapiro, Frye, and Rhodes
as presidential contenders, and see no
inherent disadvantages in an inside
candidate, other than political grudges
which might damage a candidate's
One University administrator said an
outside candidate would soon become
an insider, alleviating any difference.
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process was enhanced when the sear-
ches at Michigan State University
(MSU) in East Lansing, and at Eastern
Michigan University (EMU) "broke
down." Both of those processes were
partly public, prompting the search
of bar exam
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KRINOCK SAID he believes while the
board which scored the essay questions
did not make a conscious effort to be
stricter, the examiners had been
projecting that scores would be lower
this year and the subsequent failures
this year were a "self-fulfilling
"There's something more to this last
bar than merely poor applicants," said
Detroit College of Law Dean James
Huddleston. He said Law Board exam
iners scored the bar exam "a little
tighter" and required more of applican-
ts than usual.
Donohue, however, said the nation-
wide failure rate of the multiple-choice
section of the exam was no higher than
usual. And the essay questions, scored
by Law Board examiners, "pulled up
people a little," said Donohue, rather
than pulling scores down.
"I'm just waiting to see what hap-
pens. I have some reason to believe it's
not going to get better. I hope I'm
wrong," he added.
University, and pointed to MSU to
THE REGENTS said less and less
about the search, early on adopting a
policy of answering "no comment" to
all questions about the search. They
also directed the three advisory search
committeeF -faculty, students, and
alumni-to follow their lead.
The faculty search committee
chairman, Harold Johnson, is the only
member of that committee allowed to
talk to the press. The chairman of the
alumni committee is also that group's
The student advisory committee was
the only group which would comment
on general aspects of the search.
Earlier in the process, some members
gave clues such as how many can-
didates remained. Now they, too, are
silent. According to one student search
committee member, that group found it
less and less desirable to say
anything-at the Regents insistence.
REGENT DAVID LARO (R-Flint)
refused to comment on the possibility of
inside candidates for the presidency,
and said, "I'm sure the rest of the
Regents would, too."
Student committee co-chairman Jeff
Supowit also refused to comment, and
said, "I'd warn you against mentioning
any names. It would be very im-
Although it is expected the new
president will be named before the
month is out, the speculation on can-
didates inside the University will con-
tinue. Although it is possible that some
of the talk is true, the University com-
munity must wait until the Regents an-
nounce their final decision.
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