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Page 18-Saturday, July 28, 1979-The Michigan Daily

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Shapiro appointed 'U'president
(Continued from Page 1) Shapiro would continue to provide the "I HOPE the results of my efforts will ministrative duties, and his familiarity
University with vigorous leadership in repay the Regents, the faculty, and the with the University.
became clear near the end that the "highest and best tradition of the entire University community for the
ld Shapiro was high on our list and, University." confidence they have shown in me. My The fact that Shapiro has been here
l probablility, would be selected," "I SUGGEST you get several pairs of only objective is that my eventual suc- ten years and knows the University was
Regent Robert Nederlander (D- track shoes and begin to use them," cessor will find a University of even important in his selection," said
ingham), chairman of the Regen- Power said to Shapiro. greater strength," he concluded. student advisory committee co-
lection committee. Regent Thomas Roach (D-Saline) As evidenced by comments from chairperson Olivia Wesley.
E REGENTS appeared to be said Shapiro "shares with us a love of search committee members, what She explained the other candidate,
ved that the search had finally the institution and a desire to make it separated Shapiro as president from unlike Shapiro, expressed more
to an end. Regent Deane Baker better." the other final candidates, an unnamed philosophical views than practical
nn Arbor), even recorded yester- "He is the best qualified person to do contender from outside the University, ones. He (Shapiro) is a problem
s events by taking his own the job," said Baker. "But more impor- was his ability to perform his ad- solver, not just a thinker," Wesley said.

photographs of his colleagues, Shapiro,
and the new first family.
Nederlander thanked his colleagues
and search committee members for the
"thousands of hours" they spent in the
presidential hunt. The Regents' com-
mittee chairman noted four things he
said the Board found in their search. He
said the group found that the University
was the best institution of its kind in the
nation, that the presidency of the
University was one of the most sought-
after positions in higher education, that
a number of qualified people were in-
terested in the job, and that Shapiro
was the most qualified for the job.
After Nederlander spoke, each of the
other seven Regents commented on the
Shapiro and the search process itself.
"HAROLD WILL be a leader both
nationally and internationally," said
Regent James Waters (D-Muskegon).
"It is fortunate that we got someone of
his qualifications."
"I'm very pleased, Harold, that you
are to be the next University
president," Regent David Laro (R-
Flint) remarked. Laro noted Shapiro's
skills in budgetary matters and the
economy as of special importance in
the decision to make Shapiro the new
Regent Sarah Power (D-Ann Arbor)
told the crowd that the selection of

tantly than that, there is a potential for
greatness over the next ten years."
SHAPIRO "HAS a keen awareness of
the need for academic excellence at
this institution," said Regent Paul
Brown (D-Petoskey).
Regent Gerald Dunn(D-Lansing), said
Shapiro's appointment indicated the
Regents' commitment to "general all-
around excellence."
Smith, who has served in the highest
University post since Fleming left his
position in January, 1979, was praised
and thanked profusely by all the Regen-
ts for serving in the interim.
SMITH ALSO made comments about
the selection of Shapiro. He said the
Regents tried to get the best president
possible, and added, "I believe they
have accomplished that."
"We do not talk in terms of adequacy,
we talk in terms of being the best,"
Smith said. He will continue as
President until he returns to teaching
law in January.
"One has to realize education is
always at a crossroads and constant
renewal is a continuing requirement for
academic excellence," Shapiro said af-
ter everyone else had spoken. "It is,
therefore, both a challenge to accept
the position and a distinct honor for me
to be able to participate in the future of
such a great University.

Regents' choice 'deligh
(Contnuedfrom Page3) issues are most important."
fered highly favorable reactions to Vice-president for Student Services
their colleague's appointment, ex- Henry Johnson said he was pleased that
pressing both respect for Shapiro's past a fellow vice-president had been
performance as academic affairs vice- named. "It says something about the
president and hope for his continued calibre of our administration," he said.
success. SHAPIRO HAS "intimate knowledge
"He's just a thoroughly competent of every aspect of the University," said
and capable person. He's been an Jeff Supowit, chairman of the student
enormously helpful person to work advisory committee on the presidential
with," Vice-President for State search. "I think he will be accepted by
Relations Richard Kennedy said. students," he said.
FROM THE viewpoint of the office of Students who had dealt with Shapiro
state relations, Kennedy said Shapiro in the past as representatives of various
has the qualities of an excellent campus organizations for the most part
president. "He has had significant reacted favorably to the announ-
dealings with the state," Kennedy said. cement.
"He is very highly regarded in Lan- Michigan Student Assembly
sing," president Jim Alland said the Regents
Because of Shapiro's highly-reputed made a "superb choice."
knowledge of economics, Vice- DR. SHAPIRO is sensitive to the
President for University Relations and needs and concerns of the students,"
Development Michael Radock said Alland said. "I'm pretty excited about
Shapiro was a wise choice for the it." _
presidency "ina period when economic "We support the Regents' choice,"
said Heidi Gottfried, member of the
LLIARDS SamoffStudent Support Committee.
She said Shapiro was "pretty respon-
at Reduced sive to Joel's case. He has listened to
Of K6 UC60 students."
r eGraduate Employees Organization
Prices (GEO) president Greg Scott was not as
optimistic. "Given that Shapiro is an
Everyday to6pm insider, I don't expect things to be dif-
ot the UNION ferent than before," as far as GEO is
concerned, Scott said. (In a case now
OPEN I 1:3Dm Mon:Fri,. . pending before the Michigan Em-,
I pm Sat and Sun ,ploynept ,la'tiop Commission, the '
-n GEO claims teaching'assistants should

nfilv Photo by LISA KLAUSNER
REGENT ROBERT NEDERLANDER (D-Birmingham), who was chair-
man of the University Regents search committee, nominated Harold
Shapiro as Univeristy president at yesterday's special meeting.
ts' campus community
be considered employees and the but I've heard his name a lot," said
University maintains they have student Karen Sinkule, who began graduate
status only.) studies in Library Science in June.
FACULTY MEMBERS articulated SHE NOTED college presidents have
favorable reactions to Shapiro's ap- an important role in obtaining funding
pointment. "We look forward to and said "He seems very
working with him in the same way we knowledgeable."
did when he was vice-president," said Lori Bestervelt, a sophomore
Prof. Richard Corpron, chairman of the studying microbiology, said it was bet-
faculty Senate Assembly. He added ter than someone "already from within
that Shapiro had always been candid the University of Michigan" was
and helpful in his associations with the chosen.
faculty. Bestervelt said she did not feel the
Department of Economics Chairman search process should have been closed
Saul Hymans, a long-time friend and tothe public.
colleague of the president-elect, ex- "I'd like to find out his personal
pressed "sheer delight and joy ... for opinions, and what his plans and goals
him and the University." are," said senior Zbigniew Rybarczyk.
"I think he'll be wonderful," said "Hopefully, we'll get greater emphasis
Barbara Murphy, director of the on undergrads."
University Affirmative Action While most members of the Univer-
program. "I think he's very committed sity community said they felt Shapiro's
to it (affirmative action) ... he under- reputation in economics qualified him
stands the subtleties of it." for the presidency, one graduate
STUDENTS INTERVIEWED on the student felt this trait would be a disad-
Diag yesterday admitted limited vantage to the University. Higher costs
knowledge of the presidential announ- and cutbacks will continue to be borne
cement and of Shapiro himself. Most by the student with an economist in the
commented on the presidency in president's office because economists
general, but were reluctant to venture are more concerned with money than
opinions on how successful Shapiro with responding to student interests,
would be in office. Some remarked according to Mark Jafee, who is
about having an "insider" named to the studying urban planning.
positionand about the search procedss. "THE UNIVERSITY is becoming
"I guess I would have rather seen more likea business," Jafee explained.
someone from outside the University,"
said physics graduate student Tom
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