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withdrew June 4, citing family and professional com-
mitments in Buffalo. But sources within the search said
Sample was taken seriously by few. One called him a
U.S. Government Office of Management and Budget
Director James Miller was another unrealistic finalist.
Sources said the regents added his name haphazardly -
with no intention to pick him for the post.
"It seems from the regents' reactions that they con-
ceded that Miller was not a real candidate," the source
The regents have refused to discuss candidates, but
sources from two search committees said the board cut
Miller when the initial list - which included former
U.S. President Jimmy Carter - was trimmed to 100.
Members from both the student and the faculty and
staff committees said they were shocked when the re-
gents inserted Miller on the list of finalists, calling
him "grossly unqualified" and a "jackass."
Added a faculty member: "He would not have been a
name to jump to my mind when I read the regents list
of criteria for the president - he's not an obvious
Miller, who has never held an administrative posi-

tion at a universi-
ty, would not
The only re-
main ing candidate,
then, was Duder-
stadt. And some
sources speculated
that the regents -
with two candidates
out of reach and
two they never in-
tended to hire -
purposely left the
provost as the only
palpable choice.
"It looks like
(the regents) loaded
the deck in favor of
Duderstadt," a
source said, adding
that Duderstadt and
the regents form the
boys network."

But after the re-
gents named Dud-
erstadt to the post
June 10, Regent
Paul Brown (D-
Petoskey), chair of
the regents' presi-
dential search, said
"there were more .,
than two candidates
who had been in-
terviewed who were
left in the running
w hen w e decided to n m at Ji .
nominate Jim."
But the search
chronology refutes
Brown's claim.
During a lawsuitS
hearing against the
regents to open the
search on May 27, the regents' attorney said one
candidate had just withdrawn from the race. Coupled
with Sample's withdrawal June 4 and Gregorian's on
June 6, only one other candidate - Massey or Miller
- remained when Duderstadt was nominated.
The Ann Arbor News - later joined by the Detroit

Free Press -sued the regents on May 20, claiming
the board's confidential search violated Michigan's
Open Meetings Act and Freedom of Information Act.
The OMA states that public bodies such as the re-
gents must announce all meetings when a quorum
five out of the eight regents - is present. The FOIA
requires public bodies to release public documents,
with some exceptions, upon request.
The News charged that the regents met privately
with a quorum and had illegally withheld travel records.
But Washtenaw County Circuit Court Judge Robert,
Campbell ruled in favor of the regents.
The suit is now pending in the Michigan Court of
The OMA also states that public bodies must makec
all decisions, including job offers, in public. If the re,-
gents privately offered Gregorian the post, they wouls.,
have violated the OMA and conducted an illegal searc-,,
The regents had sole authority to appoint the presi-
dent and contact or disqualify candidates at any point
during the 13-month confidential search. However,
three advisory committees - bodies of ten students, 15
faculty and staff, and ten alumni - evaluated every
candidate. Two members of each committee joined the:
regents to interview each of the five finalists.
Among the finalists, Gregorian was the top choice
of the student committee, which consistently dis-
endorsed Duderstadt. Their second choice was Massey.


nucleus of the University's "old

Another source said the regents had been grooming
Duderstadt for the position when he became provost.
The previous president, Harold Shapiro, also was

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up with solid long-term development
of minority programs at all levels o
"He's an intelligent and capable
person," she said. "The question is
wvhether he will use it to produce
"anything of lasting value. Diversity
is a slogan to hide behind. But be-
lind propaganda work, there ought
to be something substantial."
4 Comninou, however, said she is
skeptical Duderstadt's diversity pro-
gram will stay on track because, as
dean of the engineering college, his
priorities quickly adjusted from aca-
demic integrity to economic pros-
"I've never doubted his sin-
cerity," she said. "But he started
putting economic success ahead of
@verything else. We can be a suc-
xessful corporation like any business
in the United States. He's a good
manager. But this is the University
Vf Michigan."
MANY OF THE deans of smal-
tor schools said they are pleased
With Duderstadt's appointment be-
qause he has already promised them
strong financial support for new
Boylan said Duderstadt has pro-
mised funding for an evolving
arama program for undergraduates.
Architecture and Urban Planning
fean Robert Beckley said Duder-
Stadt endorsed programs to send fa-
aulty abroad for experience and to
publicize the school's programs to
attract better students.
However, the unnamed engineer-
ing professor said some of Duder-
itadt's financial endeavors were
iorally irresponsible and lacked
discretion. "The amount of military
*search should be limited," he said.
'It's his policy to accept all such re-
search, even though he hasn't stated
'S"IT WILL BE one of the great-
st challenges of his tenure to
Maintain the integrity of the Univer-
;ity as an academic institution at the
same time he tries to maintain its
vitality. "
"In this respect, he would likely
llave to pay specific attention to the
pressing social issues of our time
and also to the need for broad efforts
to generating world peace."
The regents appointed Duderstadt
tb the post after a 13-month confi-
dential search for the successor to
President Harold Shapiro, who left
ik December 1987 to head Princeton
lniversity, his alma mater.
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