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January 26, 1996

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Nonregent Presidential Search
w ffl The regents yesterday approveda
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University's next president.
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By Jodi Cohen
Daily Staff Reporter
The University Board of Regents
approved a presidential search plan yes-
t ay that will keep the names of all
c didates secret until the final stage.
The plan and timetable outline the
use of an advisory committee, intended
to secure candidate confidentiality dur-
ing the early parts of the process.
Provost J. Bernard Machen said the
12-member advisory committee, which
will meet in closed sessions, complies
with the Open Meetings Act. The state
law requires that all board meetings of
public bodies be open, including dis-
sions about potential candidates.
Machen said the committee is ex-
empt from the act because "the sole
purpose of the PSAC (search commit-
tee) is advisory in nature."
The advisory committee will be made
up of seven faculty members, two staff
members, one alum and two students*
- an undergraduate and graduate. The
committee will "star" its top five choices
and forward the list to the regents.
Machen, along with Vice President
for University Relations Walter
Harrison and Secretary Roberta Palmer,
designed the plan after listening to pub-
lic comments during nine forums held
across the state.
Some media law experts have raised
questions about whether the plan vio-
lates the act.
"I think it violates the law in spirit, if
not in letter," said communication stud-
lecturer Joan Lowenstein, who spe-

The Presidential
Search Committee
(PSC) yesterday
authorized a 12-member Presidential
Search Advisory Committee (PSAC).
Two members will be students;
Provost Machen will recommend
persons for the PSAC in February.
At a public meeting, the PSC meets
with the PSAC to discuss the
position of president and the search
process. Any further contact
between the two groups must also
be public, except for nominations
submitted by the PSC to the PSAC;
The PSAC is to recruit and provide
initial reviews of candidates. They
will recommend a list of candidates,
but are not to eliminate any.
The PSAC presents a public list of
candidates, recommending at least
five, in September.
The PSC develops a list of finalists,
who will be interviewed on pampus
in open meetings.
The regents will select a president
at an open meeting or meetings by
the end of October.
cializes in media law. "I think that if
recommendations are made that are for
all purposes final decisions and if the
recommendations are taken seriously,
then it is not just an advisory board."
Machen said that while the process is
not totally open, it does not violate the
"It is clear that what we're proposing
does not fully agree with what some of
the newspapers have suggested,"
See SEARCH, Page 2

Research VP will be first minonty to lead school

By Jodi Cohen
and Jeff Eldridge
Daily Staff Reporters
Homer Neal, the University's vice
president for research, yesterday was
named the immediate successor to Presi-
dent James J. Duderstadt.
Neal will become the University's
interim president July 1, the day after
Duderstadt steps down. He will be the
first minority to lead the University in
its 179-year history.
Regent Nellie Varner(D-Detroit)said
yesterday's meeting of the presidential
search committee provided the perfect
opportunity to make the announcement.
The presidential search plan adopted
yesterday by the Board of Regents calls
for the next president to be named this
fall. Varner said this would require an
interim president to maintain "the con-
tinuity of leadership when President
Duderstadt steps down June 30."
Neal said he hopes his role will help
to "prepare for the transfer."
"He is stepping forward to serve the
University," Varner said. "Not that this
is something he desires - it is some-
thing he feels he should do."
Provost J. Bernard Machen said Neal
was a good choice because he is already
a member of the "executive team."
"It will make the transition smoother,"
Machen said.

Homer A. Neal

Current Position: Vice president for research since 1993
Previous Positions: Chairman of the University's
department of physics, 1987-93; leading professor of
physics at the State University of New York at Stony
Brook, 1986-87; Stony Brook provost, 1981-86; Indiana
University dean of research and graduate development,
Education: Ph.D. from the University in 1966.
Honors: 1980-81 Guggenheim Fellowship, 1984 Indiana University honorary
doctorate, 1986 Stony Brook Medal recipient.

"He happens to
be the best"
- Regent Rebecca
(D-Ann Arbor)
Neal said he is "prepared to and will
work to sustain the overall momentum
of the campus."
The regents and Neal agreed that he
would not seek the University's perma-
nent presidency. In the search's earlier
stages, the regents said any interim presi-
dent would serve in the position only if
they agreed to not seek the position
"He is very clear that he wants to go
back to the faculty," Machen said.
Before being named vice president
for research in 1993, Neal spent six
years as the chair of the physics depart-
ment. He is on the executive committee
of the Smithsonian Institute and re-
ceived a Ph.D. in physics from the Uni-
versity in 1966.
Neal has served as the dean of re-
search and graduate development at
Indiana University and the provost for
the State University of New York at
Stony Brook.

Maureen A. Hartford, vice president
for student affairs, said the regents re-
ceived advice from University admin-
istrators before selecting Neal.
"All of us gave input, but the regents
made the final decision," Hartford said.
"I'm delighted that Homer will take up
the reins once Jim relinquishes them in
Other administrators praised Neal's
academic credentials and administra-
tive abilities.
"He is a world-recognized scholar,"
Machen said. "Homer Neal is known
throughout the world as a respected

LSA Dean Edie Goldenberg said
Neal's scholarly reputation gives a posi-
tive signal about the University's com-
mitment to education.
"I think it sends a very strong mes-
sage about the importance of academ-
ics at the University," Goldenberg said.
"I think this is a wonderful choice."
Regent Rebecca McGowan (D-Ann
Arbor) said Neal's appointment is based
on his experience and that his status as
a minority was not a consideration.
"We were looking for the best person
to take the helm at the University,"
McGowan said. "He happens to be a lot
of things. He happens to be the best."

After 28 years,
stolen Picasso
freturns to 'U'
By Josh White
Daily Staff Reporter
Twenty-eight years after leaving the University in a trav-
eling exhibit, sketches by Pablo Picasso and Henry Moore
are coming home.
Federal Bureau of Investigation officials in California
recovered the two drawings Wednesday at the residence of a
Is Angeles woman. The artwork was stolen from a Univer-
sity exhibit on loan to Delta College in Bay City, Mich.,
during the summer of 1967.
The discovery, the result of a lead received by the FBI last
year, ends a lengthy search that began in 1967, said John Hoos,
director of the Los Angeles FBI media relations department.
Charlie J. Parsons, special agent in charge ofthe FBI's Los
Angeles office, said the two pieces of art are valued at
approximately $100,000 each.
Special Agent Greg Stejskal of the FBI's Ann Arbor field
ice said the artworks were recovered after the Los Angeles
man tried to sell the Henry Moore piece, titled "Study of a
Seated Figure," to a major consignment agency in California.
"Early in 1995, a consignment agency in California contacted
the Henry Moore
Foundation in En-
gland to check on
the autenticity of
the drawing,"
Stejskal said. "The
Foundation deter-
mined that it was in
fact authentic and
that it was also sto-
len. They eventu-
ally contacted the
University's De-
(ji partment of Public
Safety, who in turn
contacted (the Ann
Arbor FBI office)."
Stejskal then
contacted the Los
Angeles FBI,
whose officers lo-
cated the woman in
AP PHOTO the Hollywood
Hills area, along
with the University's Picasso, titled "Sketches froma Window."
No arrests have been made in connection with the case and
the wnman is not a suspect "She said that she recieved them

passes bil
to avoid
publicans bruised by two government
shutdowns, the House overwhelmingly
approved legislation yesterday to keep
federal agencies running through March
15. The White House said President
Clinton would sign it as the yearlong
budget fires cooled on all fronts.
After settling an impasse with the
White House over abortion restrictions
and spending levels, the House voted
371-42 fora stopgap measure that would
temporarily finance dozens of federal
agencies, though at lower levels than
1995. The Senate was expected to ap-
prove the legislation today.
"Let's quit wasting the taxpayers'
money," said House Appropriations
Committee Chairman Bob Livingston
(R-La.), the GOP's rallying cry all year.
But reflecting his party's new, less con-
frontational mode, he added, "Let's keep
the government open."
"We're satisfied that a lot of give-
and-take has produced an agreement
the president can live with," White
House spokesman Mike McCurry
Lawmakers had faced a deadline
tonight that if breached would see
civil servants furloughed for an em-
barrassing third time since Novem-
After taking a drubbing in public
opinion polls for their confrontational
tactics, Republicans were no longer
vowing to halt government's most
basic functions unless their demands
for a balanced budget in seven years
were met. With this fall's elections on
their minds, both sides seemed to feel
the best path, for now, was to settle
immediate differences and save their
most stubborn disputes over Medi-
care, Medicaid and welfare until next

A roof with a view
The Michigan Campus as seen from the top of the Graduate Library. Renovations will continue on the roof until the summer as part of large scale
construction on campus.

New U.S. $100 bill
wories Russians

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The Washington Post
MOSCOW - American media
events tend not to get much notice in
Russia. John Wayne Bobbitt was never
a household name in Moscow. The
Million Man March was greeted with a
shrug. Even O.J. failed to register.
But when the U.S. Treasury Depart-
ment said it would introduce a rede-
signed $100 bill in February, the an-

their retirements. Slick New Russians in
Moscow peel them from fat wads to pay
for dinner, a sports car or a new dacha in
the country. Mafia dons carry U.S. hun-
dreds around in attache cases.
Now, with the introduction of the
new hundreds just weeks away, Rus-
sians have a serious case of the jitters.
Conditioned by repeated ruble "re-
forms" during the years - most re-

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