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2 - The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, April 23, 1996

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Duderstadt's legacy:
A commitment to diversity

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THIS SUMMER, THE 12IN
PRESIDENTIAL ADVI
COMMITTEE WILL MEET ]
THROUGH APPLICATIC
CANDIDATES AND NARF
POTENTIAL CONTENDER

Mandate pushes minority
enrollment up to 25%

Few

President James Duderstadt says that
being a university president is like play-
ing the role of a frontier sheriff.
"You are like a sheriff in an old
western movie that every morning
drags himself out of bed and straps the
guns on again," he said. "You've got
to be the first one on the battle line."
Sometimes the fights can get tough.
"From time to time, you'll get
wounded," Duderstadt said.
Duderstadt's on-going commitment
to diversity was a battle he said he fought
vigorously during his presidency, often
having to defend the need for programs
such as the Michigan Mandate.
"He came forward with the man-
date when it was being publicly as-
sailed from the left," said Walter
Harrison, vice president for Univer-
sity relations. "And now he is stick-
ing to it, when it's being publicly
assailed by the right."
The Michigan Mandate, which in-
tends to increase the presence of minor-
ity students, faculty and staff on cam-
pus, began in 1987 when Duderstadt
was provost.
"We have one of the best examples
... that diversity and excellence go hand
in hand," Duderstadt said.
Under Duderstadt's leadership, mi-
nority student enrollment has reached
the highest point ever. As a result, the
number of students of color on campus
is now twice the total amount of mi-
nority students that were enrolled in
1986, two years before the Mandate
began.
Students of color now make up al-
most 25 percent of all University stu-
dents.
The Mandate also set goals to in-
crease the hiring of minority faculty on
campus.
Andre Hewitt, founder of the Black

Volunteer Network, applauded
Duderstadt's commitment to enroll-
ment, but said more efforts still need to
be made to retain these students and
faculty.
"He set some lofty goals and he
chipped awayat certain pieces ofthem."
Hewitt said. "But we all come back to
the underlying issue. After someone is
accepted, how do you retain them at the
University?"
Hewitt said the intergroup dialogues
that began during Duderstadt's presi-
dency are important for students be-
cause they help "build bridges" be-
tween different groups.
"He has done an excellent job,"
Hewitt said.
Harrison said the Mandate shows
Duderstadt's commitment to humaniz-
ing the University.
"He built the campus physically,"
Harrison said. "But more importantly,
he built its human side."
Duderstadt said programs that were
originally created to support minorities
also have improved the opportunities
for all students. He cited the 21st Cen-
tury program as one initiative that fo-
cused on minority students, but now
has expanded to accommodate all types
of students.
"President Duderstadt has definitely
taken the lead in making this University
more diverse and multicultural. The
Michigan Mandate is a very good ex-
ample of that," said Johnny Su, a mem-
ber of the United People's Coalition.
But Su cautioned against placing too
much weight on statistics.
"Even though there are a lot of im-
provements, there also have been areas
in which some of the numbers are not
indicative," he said.
Duderstadt said it is essential that the
programs continue after he steps down.

Jeffrey Lehman
Chair
® Dean of the Law School
since 1994; member of the
faculty since 1987
* Professor of Law and
Public Policy
J.D., magna cum laude
University of Michigan Law
School
Named one of 40 "Rising{
Stars in the Law" by the
National Law .Journal, Nov.
20, 1995.
Nationally recognized
expert on taxation and welfare law
Huda Aki
Professor of Psychiatry; member of
University faculty since 1978
n Gardner C. Quarton professor of
neurosciences
Co-director and research scientist,
Mental Health Research Institute
Paul Courant
Chair of the department
of economics; professor of
economics and public
policy; member of the
faculty since 1973
Senior staff economist
with President's Council of
Economic Advisers
Received the Excellence
in Education Award from
LSA for four years

At an office in the Perry Building, 12 mem-
bers of the University community will work
throughout the summer to find the next presi-
dent.
The committee intends to follow the advice and
presidential job description given to them by the
University Board of Regents earlier this year. As
Regent Philip Power (D-Ann Arbor) told them,
"We are trying and are going to pick just the right
person at just the right time."
The group, which was selected by the regents,
will work to recruit candidates and conduct pre-

Photo courtesy o News and InormationServices
President James Duderstadt speaks to about 100 Detroit-area community leaders on the Michigan Mandate in 1988.

"I am always concerned about sus-
taining those agendas," he said. "It takes
great passion and commitment."
The next president may have to fight
the opposition even more vigorously,
with affirmative action policies being
challenged throughout the country.
Most recently, the University of
California's board of regents voted to
eliminate affirmative action programs
that are based on race and gender.
"You have to lead people into battle
to protect the institution," Duderstadt
said about his commitment to diver-
sity.
Leading the University to become a
more diverse institution is one battle
that Duderstadt said he has won.
"As this University has become more
diverse," he said, "it has become a bet-
ter and better institution."

Michgan Mandate 1987-1994
The Michigan Mandate, the University'
diversity, has brought the enrollment C

liminary interviews to try t
suspect"that the board has
indicated they want.
The committee is part
of the regents' plan to keep
the names ofall candidates
secret until the final stages
of the search, scheduled
for around October. Pro-
vost J. Bernard Machen
recommended the commit-
tee members to the board.
The committee consists
of seven faculty members,
two students, two staff
members and one alum.
Law School Dean Jeffrey
Lehman will serve as the
committee's chair.
"It is with a sense of
humility, responsibility
and gratitude that we are
undertaking this role for
you," Lehman told the
board in March.
The advisory commit-
tee will have no contact
with the board until its
scheduled meeting in Sep-
tember or October when
the committee will present
the results of its search.
"It is a preparatory step
to the ultimate selection of
the president," said Regent
Shirley McFee (R-Battle
Creek), a co-chair of the
presidential search commit-
tee. "We hope that you will
conduct a vigorous search
for candidates."
The committee was
formed with the intent of

o find the "unusual
Timeli o A
Committee Ac
Dec. 1995 - Jan. 1996
The regents, meeting a
Search Committee (PS
nine public forums acr
also selected a search
Jan. 1996
The PSC authorized the
member advisory comm
Feb. 1996
Provost J. Bernard Mac
persons for the PSAC.I
the membership. At ap
PSC discussed the sea
the PSAC, including a j
the next president.
March-Sept. 1996
The PSAC will recruit a
reviews of candidates.
Sept. 1996
The PSAC presents a p
candidates, recommen
but not eliminating any
Sept.-Oct. 1996
X The PSC will then de
finalists, who will be in
campus in open meetin
consider persons not r
PSAC.
* Public campus inter
for finalists.
R The regents meet an
president
complying with the

choices.
Members of the board have said this will help
protect some candidate confidentiality.
McFee defended the closed search process, say-
ing it would help protect the candidates' reputa-
tions at their current job.
"Just because a person's name is on the list
doesn't mean that they were ever considered,"
McFee said. "It does not mean they have any
interest in pursuing it at all."
But McFee also cautioned the advisory com-
mittee about keeping strict confidentiality.
"Leaks can occur through casual conversation
or interaction with a close
IvIsory friend, spouse," McFee
said.
: itiy LSA junior Jennifer
Norris, the undergraduate
is the Presidential student of the group, said
C), held a series of she is working closely
ss the state. They with graduate student
consultant. Doneka Scott to get the
opinions of students.
"We have been going
a creation of a 12- around to different stu-
nittee (PSAC). dents and organizations,"
Norris said last week.
Norris also said she has
hen recommended been eating in all the dorms
The PSC approved in order to talk to a variety
public meeting, the ofstudents-notjustiden-
rch process with tified student leaders. She
job description of said she has already met
with about 30 to 50 stu-
dents. The advisory com-
nd provide initial mittee has been meeting
about every two weeks, she
added.
Norris said she is work-
ublic list of ing with Scott to develop
ding at least five, other means to gauge stu-
'one. dent input. She hopes to
set up a table at the Michi-
gan Union so they can be
velop a list of accessible to many stu-
terviewed on dents. The two students
ngs. The PSC may might also organize an e-
ecommended by the mail group so students can
send them more input.
views are scheduled While the committee
members talk to their re-
d select a spective constituencies,
they also will meet in pri-
vate - along with hired
search consultant Malcolm MacKay - to
conduct most of the legwork for the regents.
MacKay, managing director of the New York-
based consulting firm Russell Reynolds Inc.,
was hired earlier this year to help with the
search. The University is paying him at least
$87,000.
The board has stressed repeatedly that they
still have the final word on whom is elected
president.
"Any name at all can be considered and will be
considered, by the board," said Regent Laurence
Deitch (D-Bloomfield Hills).

r

Source: Office otthe President

JOSH WHITE/Daily

Duderstadt's Agenda addresses women's issues on campus

In addition to implementing the Michigan Man-
date, President James Duderstadt has been com-
mitted to further improving the lives of women on
campus.
The Michigan Agenda for Women, which he
unveiled in April 1994, is an attempt to reach
gender equity, making women "full and equal
partners at the University of Michigan."
"During Jim Duderstadt's tenure, a number of
actions were taken under his leadership and with
his support that have benefited women on cam-
pus and will continue to do so," said Carol
Hollenshead, director for the Center of the Edu-
cation of Women.
The Agenda outlines issues that women on
campus face, from safety concerns to problems of

affordable daycare facilities.
More specifically, under
Duderstadt, the administration
worked to increase lighting, make
training programs on women's is-
sues mandatory, and to draft a sexual
harassment policy.
Efforts also were made to attract -
and retain - more women faculty.
Currently, only one in 10 full profes-
sors is a woman. More opportunities for female
students also went into effect during Duderstadt's
presidency, including the Women in Science and
Engineering residence hall program.
Duderstadt also supported equality for other mi-
nority groups. He stressed gay and lesbian rights

I

when he defended policies that
would forbid discrimination based
on sexual orientation.
Duderstadt stood behind the in-
clusion of sexual orientation into
the Regents' Bylaw 14.06, the
University's non-discrimination
policy. The bylaw, which was
amended in September 1993, now
allows same-sex couples to re-
ceive the same housing, financial aid and staff
insurance benefits as other members of the Uni-
versity community.
Duderstadt came under fire for this action from
University members who disapproved of the
amendment, including Regent Deane Baker (R-

Ann Arbor).
"It was a serious matter of equity, justice,"
Duderstadt said. "This is one of the areas that
universities are probably ahead of society. That
doesn't mean I haven't had some wounds inflicted
because of it."
Hollenshead said she hopes the next president
will continue to fight for equality as much as
Duderstadt did during his presidency.
"There is always a concern in a transition of
leadership about continuation of policies and pro-
grams," Hollenshead said.
"We are pleased to see in their job description
that the regents have emphasized these areas. We
trust that the next president will also be supportive
of increasing race and gender equity."

Mary Ann Drew
* Administrative associate II, College of
Architecture and Urban Planning; staff
member for 10 years
Assistant to the dean with the Executive
Committee and the Program Chairs
Nora Faires
Associate professor of history at the
University's Flint campus; member of the
faculty since 1982
Director of the Master of Liberal Studies
Program at U-M Flint
Allan Gimour
University alum of the Business School
Member of the Business School's
Development Advisory Board and former
chair of the Visiting Committee
Member of the President's Advisory Group

Open Meetings Act while still providing some
candidate confidentiality. According to state law,
all regular meetings of the Board of Regents must
be conducted in public.
Because the committee's task is designated as
"purely advisory," it is not required to meet in
public.
When the list of candidates is presented to the
regents, all names that were considered will be
made public. In addition, the committee will not
eliminate candidates, but will provide a list of five
unranked individuals who they consider the top

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