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July 9, 1997
Rackham dean named new 'U' provost
By Heather Kamins
Daily Ncvs Editor
Signifying University President Lee Bollinger's
first step in reconstructing the wavering administra-
tion, Rackham Dean Nancy Cantor has been select-
ed to serve as University provost - the University's
The provost position has been up for grabs since
early March, when Provost J. Bernard Machen
announced his intention to leave the post in August
*ten his contract expires.
The announcement was just one shift in a
University administration that, during the past 10
months, has looked more like a game of musical
chairs than a stable governing body of.one of the
nation's leading research institutions.
Machen, at the time of his
announcement, said he would
step down in order to make
room for Bollinger to assem-
ble his own administrative
"Bernie Machen has won
the hearts and the admiration
of all of us in serving with
such devotion and distinction
as provost (during the past twvo
years," Bollinger said in a Cantor
statement released yesterday.
"He has been particularly helpful in easing my tran-
sition into this office, for which I am deeply grate-
ful. The University is in his debt."
When he confirmed Cantor's nomination on
Monday, Bollinger said Cantor comes to the job
with a great amount of experience; she has served
as vice provost for academic affairs-graduate stud-
ies, as well as Rackham dean.
"Dean Cantor is not only a highly distinguished
scholar and teacher, with impressive knowledge of
the University world, but also a person widely
admired for her character and capacity to work sen-
sitively and effectively with many groups of peo-
ple" Bollinger said.
Cantor, if approved by the University Board of
Regents at its July 17-18 meeting, will have the
STARS AND STRIPES FOREkVER
ily Heather Wiggn
For the Daily
Unexpectedly cool weather
was the topic of conversations
Friday as Ann Arbor residents
and Uniiersity students cele-
brated America's 221st birth-
With highs reaching only into
the low 70s, Ann Arbor's sur-
arisingly cool and unpre-
ictable weather put a damper
on Independence Day celebra-
Biolo'y lecturer Eric Mann
spent the holiday on catmpus, at
work in his office.
"The weather was gross. I
had a very boring but produc-
tive Fourth," Mann said.
Gloomy skies were not
enough to keep Engineering
ophoiore Celia Chen indoors.
"I went rollerblading at a
park without protective gear
and then went to the Detroit
Freedom Festival," Chen said.
In spite of the weather, some
students chose to carry on with
their usual Fourth of July
activities, including picnics
distinction of acting as the University's first
"I am very excited and honored," Cantor said. "It
is a position with great opportunity and a lot of
challenges. The provost position has botha facilita-
tor side of bringing people together and has a strong
mandate to set policy."
Regent Andrea Fisher Nevmatt (R-Ann Arbor)
said Cantor brings the necessary experience to the
job to ensure a smooth transition.
"I think she'll make an excellent provost,"
Newman said. "I think you can expect that she will
be approved. I am really pleased that it is someone
inside the University. She knows a lot about the
issues and will hit the ground running"
See CANTOR, Page 9
une ever said that professors chose teaching as a pro-
to make big money.
according to the Chronicle of Higher Education,
sity of Michigan professors, on average, make
) per year - thesecond highest in the Big Ten.
figure is larger than any other educational facility in
ian; the University's closest in-state competitor is
State University at $76,000 per year.
ciate Professor Stacy Bike, member of the Committee
nomic Status of the Faculty said the University com-
iore with top-notch out-of-state universities.
Ihigan's not a good comparison for U of M," she said.
>ugh the University pays its faculty far more than many
ic institutions - and even double some of the other
surveyed - it falls well below some of the out-of-
hools witls which the University is most often com-
For instance, the professors at Harvard and
'estern earn about $112,200 and $96,100, respectively.
said although the salaries may be somewhat lower, the
sity is still quite competitive for the top educators.
've done studies that show that at the assistant- and
te-professors level, they are very competitive," Bike
V the full-professor ranks, they fall a bit, but they are
Sue SALARY, Page 7
A local marching band blows its horns during Ann Arbor's annual Fourth of July Independence parade.
The parade traveled through the downtown area, including State and Main Streets,
and time shared with family
and friends. LSA senior Erika
Marek barbecued with her
fiance. "We had sausages,
hamburgers and Swiss cake
rolls," Marek said.
Many students spent the hol-
iday out of town visiting with
family and friends.
"I went home to be with my
family and we barbecued and
relaxed," said Michigan
Student Assembly Vice
President and LSA senior Olga
"My dad is the best barbe-
cuer in the tri-state area."
However, Savic said
Independence Day leaves her
with a feeling of mixed emo-
"A good friend of mine
passed away on July 4 a few
years ago and it's hard to cele-
brate when people who you
care about are gone."
See FOURTH, Page 2
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