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The Daily hockey writers Former University President James
breakdownthe team's Duderstadt reflets on the life and
performance so far. legacy o Robben Fleming.

Ann Arbor, Michigan

Tuesday, January 12, 2010



'U' Provost will be the
first female president
in school's history

The University of Virginia's Board of Visitors named University Provost Teresa Sullivan the school's first female president yesterday.
As Sullivan exits, a search begins

In new role, Sullivan
will grapple with similar
budget problems to
those she faced at 'U'
Editor in Chief
University Provost Teresa Sullivan was
selected yesterday to become the Univer-
sity of Virginia's eighth president and the
first female president
in the school's his- First reported on
Sullivan, the pro- MichiganDaily.com
vost and executive
vice president for academic affairs here
at Michigan, will take over the top seat in
Charlottesville on Aug.1.
The University of Virginia's Board of
Visitors elected Sullivan at a special meet-
ing yesterday afternoon. The motion to
appoint Sullivan to the post outlined some
specifics of her employment, though more
details are expected tobe announced once
Sullivan officially signs a contract.
In a press conference yesterday after-
noon, Sullivan said she's excited to take
her new position.
"I look forward to learning from and
working collaboratively with an adminis-
trative team of vice presidents and deans,
with the faculty and staff and with the

students,""Sullivan said. "I bring you my
dedication, extensive experience and,
above all, my passion for the tasks ahead
of us."
She added: "I am also bringing to you
one of my own greatest treasurers. My
husband Doug Laycock, the Yale Kamisar
Collegiate Professor of Constitutional Law
at the University of Michigan."
In Sullivan, UVA has tapped one of the
leading academics in the country who
both knows the importance of offering a
world-class education to students and has
experience grappling with the size and
complexity of a modern major higher edu-
cation institution.
Among the top priorities awaiting Sul-
livan in Charlottesville will be a budgetary
quandary similar to the one she has battled
in Michigan since she first came here in
2006. Officials at UVA have been decrying
the decline in state funding for the school
much as administrators here - Sullivan
included - have done in recent years.
In a speech last February, outgoing
UVA President John T. Casteen III said
there was no short-term funding fix that
"compensates for the systematic under-
funding of Virginia's colleges and univer-
sities since 1990."
In his 20 years at the helm of UVA before
announcing his retirement, Casteen kept
the school near the top of most national
rankings year after year - and almost
always at the very top for rankings of
See SULLIVAN, Page 8

'U' administrators,
regents discuss
qualities needed
for successor
Daily News Editor
When University Provost Teresa
Sullivan was announced as the next
president of the University of Virgin-

ia yesterday, it left many on campus
wondering who would fill the shoes
she will leave behind.
Sullivan is set to assume her new
role at UVA on Aug. 1, having been
offered a 5-year contract with the
school. In a series of interviews fol-
lowing yesterday's announcement,
University officials described Sulli-
van as having an innate understand-
ing of both budgetary and academic
affairs - skills administrators and
regents alike described as necessary
for her successor.

And while officials say they're
confident that a qualified replace-
ment will be found, uncertainty
remains as to who, specifically, will
take over the position of provost and
executive vice president of academic
affairs when Sullivan leaves Ann
Arbor on July 31.
And it begs the question of wheth-
er history will repeat itself.
When University President Mary
Sue Coleman hired Sullivan in 2006,
it was the first time the top two spots
See SEARCH, Page 8

Beilein signs contract
extension through
2015-16 seasonA

Deal suggests coach years. Michigan is the place that
I want to coach and bring back to
intends to make Ann the top of the Big Ten. It's the only
place I want to coach at, so I'm real-
Arbor the last stop of ly pleased at this opportunity."
Michigan is Beilein's seventh
his coaching career stop in a career that spans 32 sea-
sons as a college head coach. His
r By GJON JUNCAJ overall record is 590-361, including
Daily Sports Editor a 39-43 record in two-plus seasons
in Ann Arbor.
Michiganmen'sbasketball coach Beilein said talks of an exten-
John Beilein signed a three-year sion between he and Martin began
contract extension through the at the end of last season, when
2015-16 sea- the Wolverines finished 21-14 and
son, University advancedto the second roundofthe
Athletic Direc- NCAA Tournament. It was Michi-
tor Bill Martin gan's first tournament appearance
announced yes- in11 years and was the culmination
terday. Beilein of a season that tied the mark for
had three years the biggest turnaround in program
remaining on a history. Last year's Wolverine team
six-year deal he - won 11 more games that the 2007-
signed in April BEILEIN 08 team.
2007. "We all know the direction we
According to the new contract, wanted to go into (after last sea-
Beilein - who is in his third sea- son)," Beilein said.
son as the men's basketball coach The extension is one of the final
- will earn $1.7 million in 2010-11, major decisions made by Martin,
$1.8 million in 2012-13 and $1.9 mil- who is scheduled to step down
lion in 2013-14. from his position as Athletic Direc-
The extension is a firm indicator tor on Sept. 4, the same day the
that Beilein, who will turn 58 next Michigan football team opens its
month, intends to make Michigan season inside the newly-renovated
his last coaching job. stadium. Martin will be replaced
"I'm so pleased that Michigan by David Brandon, who is currently
has given me this opportunity to the chairman and CEO of Domino's
coach and extend my contract," Pizza company.
Beilein said in a teleconference "John Beilein has been a won-
Monday. "At the age of 57, hope- derful addition to our staff here at
fully I've found the place. I've been Michigan," Martin said in a state-
a coaching nomad for quite a few See BEILEIN, Page 3

LEFT Former University President Robben Fleming walks with demonstrators on April 15,1988. LEFT Fleming looks out at a student demonstration on June 181969.
Fleming, who died yesterday at age 93, was known for his ability to listen to students even duringtense negotiations.
Formnert 'U' President Flemingi dies
Robben Fleming led the University through the tumult of the
Vietnam era with an open ear and a knack for negotiation

Daily News Editor
Robben Wright Fleming, the
University's ninth president,
passed away yesterday morning at
The Care and Rehabilitation Cen-
ter at Glacier Hills in Ann Arbor at
the age of 93.
Fleming served as University
president for 11 years from 1968 to
1979 and as interim president in
1988 between the Harold Shapiro
and James Duderstadt presiden-
cies. During his first tenure in the
post, Fleming had the difficult job
of maintaining peace on campus
amidst Vietnam War protests and
the civil rights movement - stok-
ing turmoil on campus among stu-
dents and faculty alike.
While many have drummed up
the tumult that surrounded his

years in the presidency, Fleming
wrote in his autobiography that
students remained unharmed and
the period did not damage the Uni-
versity's reputation.
"I am proud of the fact that we
never had anyone hurt badly dur-
ing the course of an incident, we
had no residue of hate and bitter-
ness arising out of our conflicts
and the University remained the
great institution that it had always
been," he wrote.
Fleming's tenure at the Uni-
versity also saw major academic
advancements with the formation
of the Residential College and the
expansion of the University's Flint
and Dearborn campuses to four-
year universities.
The son of a storekeeper and a
teacher, Fleming was born on Dec.
18, 1916 in Paw Paw, Illinois - a

small rural town with about 500
residents at the time.
In his autobiography "Tempests
Into Rainbows," Fleming recalled
that the population of Paw Paw
included mostly merchants and
retired farmers. The community
was so safe that there was no need
for a police force or a fire depart-
ment, he wrote.
During his youth, Fleming, his
brothers Teddy and Jack and the
kids in his neighborhood enjoyed
tinkering with cars in their neigh-
bor's garage.
"We could devote endless hours
to playing in them and in tak-
ing various parts off and putting
them back on," Fleming wrote in
the book. "Even the grease that
we accumulated on our clothes
was a satisfactory price to our par-
ents for the hours of diversion we

However, Fleming's childhood
was not always so carefree. Teddy,
who was 13 months older than
Robben, died from spinal men-
ingitis weeks before his eleventh
As a way of remembering his
brother, Fleming took up Teddy's
middle name, Wheeler. Fleming
never legally changed his name,
but he used the middle name
Wheeler until he entered World
War II when he was forced to use,
See FLEMING, Page 8
University officials discuss
the life of Robben Fleming.
See News, Page 3


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