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Interim GM CEO
Whitacre named as
Suspect in South University fire
will plead not guilty at May trial
Whitacre says more
needs to be done in
sales and marketing
DETROIT (AP) - Ed Whitacre
Jr. says the main reason he's taking
over as permanent CEO of General
Motors Co. is to bring stability to
the top of the troubled automaker.
Whitacre, whose appointment
was announced Monday, said
although he's satisfied with the
leadership team he's put in place,
there's still work to do in sales and
marketing, product development,
purchasing and quality. Manage-
ment experts say that means fur-
ther changes and possibly more
GM's board asked Whitacre to
stay on as CEO after seven weeks
of searching for a successor from
the outside. Whitacre, a former
CEO of AT&T Inc., doesn't expect
any more big shake-ups, but said
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Hanlon said he believes there
will be a record number of appli-
cants to the University this year.
"The larger number of appli-
cations is just a trend we've seen
every year," he said. "Every year
we've been getting more applica-
tions. What we certainly hope is
that it's because people are recog-
nizing we're an excellent univer-
Despitethe increase inthe num-
ber of new students who enrolled
at the University last fall and the
increasing number of underrepre-
sented minority students admit-
ted to the University, the number
of underrepresented minority
students enrolling decreased 11.4
percent last year from the previ-
Sullivan said she is well aware of
the gap between white and under-
represented minority students.
She said last year she appointed
Lester Monts, senior vice provost
for academic affairs, and Debo-
rah Lowenberg Ball, dean of the
School of Education, to lead a task
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"We haven't had a statement
like that before at the University
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not through your own choice but
through other people and realize
that the right answer is yes."
Bonner said though it was a
hard decision to make, her fam-
ily and friends support her going
"I think my friends that know
me well have a slight rolling of
their eyes thinking 'oh gosh here
she goes again' but they're overall
really supportive," she said. .
Canter and Bonner have been
studying developing countries
and their relative dependence on
foreign aid and what that means
for their quest for independence.
Canter said that while this aca-
demic background will be helpful
for Bonner, it is her field experi-
ence that will matter the most
when she gets to Haiti.
"I think her past experience in
Sudan will be most helpful work-
ing in developing countries," he
said. "You can read about it but
until you've been there and expe-
rience the multiple frustrations
you don't know."
Bonner agreed, saying what
she witnessed in Sudan will help
her to aid the victims in Haiti.
According to The Associated
Press up to 1 million people are
in need of shelter as a result of
the Jan. 12 quake. In addition the
country is in dire need of food and
"Usually what happens when
aid organizations go in it's so cha-
otic and things are set up very
0 quickly," she said. "Beingin Sudan
so many years after the program
was already off and running I had
so many complaints and frustra-
tions. Because I understand the
frustration I can kind of think
forward if this program is going
to work two to five years from
now and how to make it success-
Bonner said she feels viewing
the devastation in Haiti will be
"really -difficult to handle" but
that through her past experience
he plans to rearrange middle
management, which totals about
23,000 people, mainly in the U.S.
Whitacre wouldn't name other
candidates the board considered
for CEO, but said he intends to
stay two or three years, or "long
enough to get it done." Details of
his pay package will be released
shortly. He now makes $350,000 a
year as board chairman.
"The board looked at the poten-
tial candidates and decided that
this place needs stability," Whi-
tacre, 68, said at a Monday news
conference. "We don't need any
Had GM hired a new CEO, it
would have been the automaker's
fourth leader in the past year. The
U.S. government, which owns 60.8
percent of the company follow-
ing its Chapter 11 reorganization,
ousted Rick Wagoner in March,
then Whitacre replaced the next
CEO, Fritz Henderson, on an
interim basis in December.
force to investigate the reasons for
"We wanted to know if this
is principally a lack of financial
resources," Sullivan said. "Is it a
result of minority students decid-
ing we've got the wrong kind of
program and they want to transfer
somewhere else? We didn't really
have a very good understanding of
what the origin of this gap was."
Sullivan continued by saying
the University can help address
this gap by marketing itself more
as a viable option to underrepre-
sented minority students in high
school and middle school.
"We also think that some of
these students may get steered
away from U of M by counselors
or others who aren't aware of our
policies," she said. "It's not just
a matter of doing a better educa-
tion job, but a matter of where the
education job needs to be headed.
Is it at the student applicant? Is it
at the parents of the student? Is it
at the high school counselor who
told them where to apply to start
with? We're thinking about all
three of those levels in terms of
doing a better job of getting the
of Michigan," he added. "(The
University of) Minnesota had
one, but it was very weak, very
different than this one."
- Sara Boboltz contributed
she has learned the proper men-
tality to tackle the situation.
"I will never be able to recon-
cile why some of us live with the
advantages we have in developed
countries while others don't," she
said "If you start thinking 'this
isn't fair' you get stuck in a bad
place. Thankfully I have the cop-
ing mechanism that allows me to
get on and do what I need to do
without breaking down."
"It's going to be really sad and
upsetting," she added. "But I can't
not do anything because of that."
Canter said he feels that Bon-
ner will most likely end up staying
longer than her intended two to
three months, adding that she'll
probably be there through the
"When she gets down there,
the need will be tremendous and
I feel it'll be longer term than
everyone expects because the
sheer devastation is just humon-
gous," he said. "There's a lot of
work to be done."
Bonner said she doesn't know
whether or not this will be the
case but she is open to the pos-
sibility if there is still a need for
her once it comes time for her to
While in Haiti, Bonner said
she will most likely be living in
a three-person tent while prob-
ably focusing on water, sanita-
tion, shelter and hygiene issues as
well as her personal goal of rais-
ing awareness to the rest of the
"When I went to Sudan most of
my friends could barely point out
Sudan on a map and by the time I
was leaving they were all reading
news articles and learning about
Sudan," she said.
Bonner said she hopes that
her experience in Haiti will help
to make her an advocate for the
"In six months people aren't
really going to care," she said.
"Me being there and then coming
back will hopefully raise aware-
ness to people and help them real-
ize that there will still be a lot of
work to do."
Ian Mackenzie, 18, is
charged with setting
fire to former Pinball
By DEVON THORSBY
Ian Mackenzie, one of the defen-
dants charged with setting fire to
the formerlocation of Pinball Pete's
in October, will plead not guilty in
a trial set for May 10 before Judge
The date was set in a brief pre-
trial conference yesterday, after
Mackenzie's attorney and the pros-
ecuting attorney approached the
bench to speak off the record with
Mackenzie, 18, turned himself in
to Ann Arbor Police shortly after
the Oct. 24 fire occurred, which
charred the South University
building and caused minor dam-
ages to the neighboring University
Towers apartment complex and
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think it's going to be important to
have someone who has either bud-
getary experience or the ability to
pick that up pretty quickly," Sulli-
van said at the time. "But, I think
it's important that you have some-
body in this job who has a strong
academic background and under-
stands the aspirations of faculty."
A veteran of the University com-
munity with extensive experience
in the provost's office, Hanlon
fits the ticket. In addition to these
characteristics, Sullivan told the
Daily her successor would need
to be forward thinking and open-
"They need to be broad minded
enough and interested enough so
that they can have conversations
with people from many fields,
because in one day the provost
interacts with people from all over
the campus and it's important to be
able to have important conversa-
tions with them no matter where
they come from," Sullivan said at
the time. "That does take a kind of
breadth of intellectual vision that
not everyone finds congenial:"
"I think there's also something
that we think of as the administra-
tive personality," she said. "It's the
Mackenzie andhis co-defendant,
Justin Arens, were both homeless
at the time of the incident, and had
previously stayed overnight in the
vacant building. They had acquired
other sleeping arrangements prior
to the time of the fire.
The reason behind setting the
fire remains unknown.
Mackenzie is charged with three
counts of arson of real property at
the cost of over $20,000, a reduced
charge from the original count of
arson of personal property.
The charge was changed at
Mackenzie's preliminary exami-
nation at Prosecutor Karen Field's
request. Field argued that the
charge of arson of real property
was more fitting because the build-
ing was abandoned at the time of
Mackenzie faces up to 10 years
in prison if he is found guilty at his
trial in May.
Mackenzie's pretrial was initial-
ly scheduled for Jan. 4, but Morris
allowed an adjournment until this
afternoon. Mackenzie remains in
ability to listen carefully and com-
mute your own self interests in a
University officials were not
commenting on the anticipated
announcement last night, but
several executives and regents
outlined qualifications they said
would be essential for the next pro-
vost when Sullivan was announced
as the University of Virginia's next
president two weeks ago.
Dean of Libraries Paul Courant,
who served as the University's Pro-
vost from 2002 to 2005 told the
Daily at the time that the ability to
balance academic and budgetary
pressures would be paramount.
"The provost is the chief aca-
demic officer and the chief budget
officer at the institution," Cou-
rant said at the time. "The budget
times are going to be tough over
the next while and the provost
has to be able to ensure that the
academic missions of the Univer-
sity - learning, teaching, research
- are always in the foreground
as choices are made, especially in
Prof. James Duderstadt, who
rose through the University's
internal ranks to become provost
and from 1988 to 1996 University
president, highlighted several sim-
ilar characteristics for Sullivan's
replacement. However, he said
Ian MacKenzie at his preliminary examination on Dec.16, 2009.
custody, despite the announcement
that he planned to submit a written
request to post bond on Jan. 4.
Arens, 21, plead no contest to the
three charges of arson at his pretri-
the deciding factor of whether a
replacement would be successful
would come down to his or her
relationship with Coleman.
"In the end, I think it's very
much a relationship between the
provost and president which makes.
universities work well," he said at
Duderstadt and Courant both
said at the time that it was too early
to tell whether the next provost
would be selected from within the
University or not. However, they
said national searches are typically
conducted for such a prominent
right now and that's the first pool
you look at," Duderstadt said at the
time. "There's a lot of talent inside,
but there's a lot of talent as you look
across the country right now."
"It's often the case that provosts
come from inside because it's use-
ful to know how the University
works. I think that's why it's been
done that way in the past," Courant
said at the time. "Yet, Terry was an
extremely effective and successful
provost here, so it's clear that one
can come from outside and do very,
very well in the job."
Though Hanlon won't assume
his new role for five months, his
new position will place him into a
job known for developing univer-
al on Jan. 11. He awaits sentencing
on Feb. 22.
- Eugene Chung
contributed to this report.
In addition to Sullivan, who
will leave for the University of Vir-
ginia's presidency this summer,
University of Michigan provosts
often go on to serve as presidents of
Charles M. Vest, who served as
provost at the University in the
late 1980s is the National Academy
of Engineering's president and is
president emeritus for the Massa-
chusetts Institute of Technology.
J. Bernard Machen, who served
as the University's provost from
1995 to 1997 currently serves as the
University of Florida's president
and is president emeritus at the
University of Utah.
Nancy Cantor, who became the
University's provost in 1997, cur-
rently serves as president of Syra-
Though now University presi-
dent emeritus, James Duderstadt
followed a similar pattern.
"The provost position at Mich-
igan has produces some of the
great presidents in this country.
That's what people look to it for,"
Duderstadt told the Daily when
Sullivan was named UVA's next
president. "That's what Michigan
presidents look for. We look for
provosts who have the capability
to provide that kind of leadership
at the national level."
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