THE MvICHIGAN DAILY
Wednesday, May 7, 1975
Page Eight THE MICHIGAN DAILY Wednesday, May 7, 1975
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FLEMING was ill last night
and could not be reached and
Rhodes has refused to comment
on the report.
The Regents were unavailable
for comment last night. Point-
ing up an apparent contradic-
tion, the report concludes that
"Cobb was denied tenure in the
zoology department because of
alleged deficiencies in her re-
search and scholarship" while
Rhodes and Fleming recom-
mended Frye to the Regents
"on the basis of his adminis-
trative and budgetary experi-
The report questions whether
Fleming or Rhodes ever serious-
ly considered Cobb's candidacy. problem," and blasted the af- ed for tenur
"According to Cobb," the report firmative a c t i o n committee's the Regents.
says, "the vice-president's voice failure to interview the Regents. Criticizing
was filled with gloom, and he The committee decided not to in the unsuc
did not extend congratulations interview the Regents, reason- between Cob
to her," when he first contacted ing that it was their collective tration, thez
her to offer the Regents' initial legislative decision that mat- "ambiguous
two-year contract term. tered. ter from R
The report sheds a bad light Medical Sch
HIGH OFFICIALS yesterday on the Regents, emphasizing department
blasted the report's criticism of that they should have pushed sible for Co
Rhodes' conduct, with one ad- Fleming and Rhodes very hard tion.
ministrator charging, "H o w to explain their producers fully. Zoology de
can you build a case on a tone THE COMMITTEE urges that, told the pan
of voice?" "if tenure is to be a require- executive c
Another official pinpointed the ment for administrative appoint- sponded to
original Regental vote, which ment, then all candidates for ed a reque
ignored t h e Administration's dean who are being considered demic tenur
preference, as the "crux of the by the Regents should be clear- that he hac
fore selection by- level faculty appointment In the
tually every step Rhodes' "ambiguous" letter
sful negotiations read: "I am writing in connec-
nd the Adminis- tion with Dr. Jewel Cobb, a
art focuses on an copy of whose curriculum vitae
nure request let- I enclose. I should be most
es to both the grateful to know whether, if she
and the zoology were to assume an administra-
largely respon- tive appointment in the Univer-
ultimate rejec- sity, Dr. Cobb would qualify for
a tenured faculty appointment
Iment Carl Gans in the zoology department . . .
he department's An early reply would be most
mittee had re- helpful"
t they consider- The zoology department, in-
or faculty aca- terpreting Rhodes' letter as a
lowever, he said tenure r e q u e s t, returned a
old Rhodes and unanimious refusal to grant
hey (zoology de- Cobb tenure in 24 hours.
i give her an ap- GANS TOLD the investigative
ey desired and committee that he would have
as a possible phrased a letter asking whether
the department would offer ten-
an opposite de- ure to read, "We are consider-
zoology depart- ing appointing Jewel Cobb to
dical School re- the LSA deanship and wonder
des' letter as a whether your department will
hypothetical in- extend tenure?"
lied that "Cobb
alify for a tenure The Regents will discuss the
affirmative action committee's
report further during their reg-
ular public meeting next Thurs-
.day and Friday.
pointment if th
cision from the
ment's, the Me
sponded to Rho
quiry" and rep
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