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2A - Thursday, April 3, 2008

A simple yet rare procedure

The procedure to fire a University
faculty member is long and confus-
ing. There are, in no particular order,
investigations, hearings, long letters
and reviews by the Senate Advisory
Committee on University Affairs,
depending on the specifics of the
case. But every case has one thing in
common: the president of the Uni-
versity must make the final recom-
mendation to the University's Board
of Regents.
But who makes the decision to
dismiss the president? The answer is
simpler than it might seem.
The regents, a board of state-
elected representatives who oversee
major University decisions, appoint
the president, and they can just as
easily dismiss one.
In the 87 pages of the board's
bylaws, there are no specific proce-
dural guidelines for the removal of a
president. However, Section 14.04 of

the Board's bylaws provides that the
regents have the power to dismiss
any faculty member, including the
president, who they have appointed.
President Mary Sue Coleman's
contract provides that her five-year
appointment is "subject to satisfactory
performance, as reasonably deter-
mined by the Regents." She under-
goes a performance evaluation each
year, but a decision to terminate her
appointment would not necessarily
have to follow an annual evaluation.
Rev. Henry Philip Tappan, the
University's first president, is also
only president to be dismissed by the
board.The archivesofboard'sminutes
show that on June 25,1863, the board
unanimously voted for his removal,
dubiously citing the "interests of the
University" as justification.
Tappan's removal was abrupt and
unceremonious.
Just after appropriating $1,000

COURTESY OFTHEBtNTLEY HISTORICAL LIBRARY
Rev. Henry Philip Tappan, the University's first president,
also holds the distinction of being the only University presi-
dent to be fired. The University's Board of Regents abruptly
voted to dismiss Tappan in 1863.
CRIME NOTES
aptop stolen Several h
from School of found in 1

oles
ibrary

to the Library Committee, Regent
Ebenezer Lakin Brown proposed a
resolution to dismiss Tappan. After
it passed, the board quickly elected
Erastus Otis Haven as his replace-
ment and removed Tappan's son,
John, from his post as University
librarian. From there, the meeting
continued without Tappan to the
next item on the agenda, "improving
the heating and ventilating appara-
tus in the Chemical Laboratory."
Wilfred Byron Shaw's book "The
University of Michigan" explains
that although the University was
prospering under Tappan's leader-
ship, personal grudges between
himself and the board ultimately led
to his downfall. According to Shaw,
most of the regents had no back-
ground in academia and resented
Tappan because they found him to
be condescending.
MATTAARONSON
Michigan Hockey captain
Revin Porter was selected
yesterday as one of three
finalists for the Hobey Baker
Award, given to the best col-
lege hockey player in the coun-
try. The winner of the award
will be announced next Friday
at the Frozen Four in Denver.
A movie directed by Uni-
versity Alum Sultan Shar-
rief, producer of "The
Spiral Project," will premiere
tonight at 7 p.m. at the Michi-
gan Theatre. The movie, titled
"Bilal's Stand," is about inner-
cityDetroityouths.
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CAMPUS EVENTS& NOTES
Poetry reading Student leader
by transgender award ceremony

Education
WHERE: School of Education
Building
WHEN: Tuesday at about 4:30
p.m.
WHAT: An unattended Dell
laptop valued at $2,200 was
stolen from the School of Edu-
cation building between 1and 4
p.m., the Department of Public
Safety reported. Police have no
suspects.

windows
WHERE: Taubman Medical
Library
WHEN: Monday at about 7:15
a.m.
WHAT: A staff member
reported two holes the size of
ball bearings in a fourth-floor
window, DPS reported.
Two students

artist
WHAT: A performance by
slam poet and transgender
activist Julia Serano. Admis-
sion is $5, with proceeds
going to Camp Trans.
WHO: The Spectrum Center
WHEN: Today at 8 p.m.
WHERE: Shaut Gallery, 325
Braun Ct.

WHAT: The annual "Michi-
gan Leadership Awards," an
award ceremony and recep-
tion for campus leaders
WHO: Office of Student
Activities and Leadership
WHEN: Today at 4 p.m.
WHERE: Michigan Union
Ballroom

'Lord ofthe

Thief swipes issued alcohol
copper pipes citations
WHERE: Chemistry Building WHERE: Geddes Avenue
WHEN: Monday at about 7:15 WHEN: Yesterday at about 2
a.m. a.m.
WHAT: Fifty pounds of cop- WHAT: Two students rid-
per piping valued at $2590 ing in a car were arrested and
were stolen from building charged with minor in posses-
between Friday and Monday, sioio of alcohol, DPS reported.
DPS reported. The theft is The driver of the vehicle was
under investigation. not under the influence.

Lecture about Rings'play
climate change WHAT:A production of
"The Hobbit 2," a stage adap-
WHAT: A lecture by Geol- tation of part of the "Lord of
ogy Prof. Sam Mukasa about the Rings" canon
climate change research WHO: Basement Arts
based on glacial ice and cli- WHEN: Today at 7 p.m.
mate records in Antarctica WHERE: Studio 1, Walgreen
WHO: Exhibit Museum of Drama Center
Natural History
WHEN: Today from 7:30 to CORRECTIONS
9 pm. 0 Please report any error
WHERE: Exhibit Museum in the Daily to correc- %
of Natural History tions@michigandaily.com.

Thomas Athans, husband
of Michigan Sen. Debbie
Stabenow, paid $150 for a
20-year old prostitute he found
on craigslist.com, The Associ-
ated Press reported. Athans was
cppght t;a Detroit tsidence
Inn on Tuesday.

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