The Michigan Daily-Friday, July 27, 1979-Page 13
Shapiro to be new 'U' president
The Regents and their three advisory
c ontinued from Page i know whether he would return to the professor refused to commit himself, search committees hate refused to
classroom in September or in January. however, saying, "That's just what's comiment on candidates or search
didates idicated the new presidentwas He did indicate, however, that either being said around here." Shapiro was progress since January. Members of
to be chosen from within the Univer- date would be "fine" with him. chairman of the Department of the Board adopted a "no comment"
sity, and that it would be Shapiro. Some University officials would not Economics from 1974 until 1977. stsnce on all
YS EAoilyFfews"aond eecsywhte atenel sidenteon llquestions about the sear-
LSA DEAN Billy Frye was "around even say whether the new president Since the search began, University ch, and directed faculty, student, and
the top 18," according to Waters. He would be named today, but several community members have mentioned alumni search committee members to
added that the Board reduced its list of Regents said the meeting's purpose is Shapiro as the leading candidate from follow their lead.
candidates from about 18 to six within to announce the new president. within the University. Last week, The Regents said they feared leaks of
the last two-weeks. Smith said late yesterday afternoon several University sources said Shapiro candidates' names would impair the
Of the final six candidates, "the he did not know the name of the new was a finalist for the post. search, and any commitment of a final
majority of them were on all three president. He added he was hoping for a Shapiro, was named vice-president date for the search might make it look
advisory committee lists," according to call from Regent Robert Nederlander for academic affairs in June 1977 after as though the Regents were not meeting
Waters. The three advisory groups (D-Birmingham), who chaired the Frank Rhodes left to become Cornell their deadline.
were comprised of students, faculty, Regents search committee, sometime University president in Ithaca, New At 44, Shapiro is one of the youngest
and alum.o . before the announcement this morning. York. men to be named president. Clarence
None of those contacted, including A SPOKESPERSON for Rhodes said Cook Little was 36 when he was named
Waters, said they knew when the new ONE ECONOMICS professor, who last week Rhodes had been approached University president in 1925.
president would take office. asked not to be named, said it was his by the Regents, but told them he wasn't
INTERIM UNIVERSITY President understanding Shapiro would be the interested because of his commitment In/oded in this srorv are fi/es from Daily
Allan Smith said yesterday he did not next University president. The to Cornell. reporer Mitch Cantor.
Shapiro cautious'in past administrative post
By ELIZABETH SLOWIK
A Daily News Analysis
Harold Shapiro has been charac-
terized as a low-key, cautious man in
his past administrative duties. But his
track record provides little indication
of his positions on current campus
issues such as affirmative action,
faculty tenure, and University holdings
in firms with South African branches.
The nationally prominent economist
is more prepared to tackle problems
such as inflation, recession and
declining enrollment - challenges ex-
pected for the 1980's.
SHAPRIO JOINED the University
faculty in 1984 as assistant professor of
economics. He boasts a list of ad-
ministrative duties, including chair-
man of the Department of Economics,
and executive committee memberships
on both the Institute for Social Resear-
ch and the Institute for Public Policy
Studies. He also has served on several
search committees, including the group
which recommended LSA Dean Billy
Frye, who had been mentioned recently
as a presidential candidate.
Most recently, Shapiro has been
University vice-president for academic
affairs. He assumed that. position in
July 1977 after former Vice-President
for Academic Affairs Frank Rhodes left
to take the president's post of Cornell
University. Rhodes confirmed last
week that the University Board of
Regents had considered him as a
"I WAS surprised to learn that I was
under consideration for the post. But I
tried to take it as lightly as possible,"
Shapiro said in 1977.
At the public portion of Monday's
special Regents' meeting, Shapiro was
observed twisting his watch, picking his
teeth with a staple, and toying with the
nameplate that rests in front of him on
the massive table in the Regents Room.
"Deciding to take on a job like
this . . . involved so many decisions
that I decided not to confront them until
I really knew that there was a reason
to. It's very difficult for me to make
such decisions, such changes, so I just
waited," Shapiro also said that sum-
During the same interview, Shapiro
noted that "the pool (of students) from
which we traditionally draw is getting
smaller" and said that the University
will have to concentrate on attracting
"highly-qualified" students. He also
said state appropriations probably
would fall, and the University would be
forced in the future to find a greater
proportion of funding elsewhere.
Shapiro also played a low-key role in
moderating a racial dispute among
School of Nursing faculty members in
1977, saying little about the case but
providing a sounding board for the
disgruntled instructors and the dean.
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