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The Michigan Daily - Friday, September 29, 1995 - 5

Duderstadt adds own mark to legacy of'U' presidents

Born: Fort Madison, Iowa in 1942
Parents' occupations: Highway
constructor and school teacher
Family: Wife, Anne Marie Lock
Duderstadt; daughters Susan and
Alma mater: Yale University, 1964
Ph.D.: Engineering Science and
Physics from California Institute of
Technology, 1967

By Megan Schimpf
Daily Staff Reporter
Even in his retirement, James J.
Duderstadt has chosen to distinguish
himself from presidents of the past.
Returning to the faculty following a
presidency is a break from the tradition
set by past presidents at the University.
"Most of them, when they left the
office, were old enough that they also
retired," said Nicholas Steneck, a pro-
fessor of history who teaches a course
on the history of the University.
Harlan Hatcher led the.University for
16 years before retiring at 69 to update
a book he had written about the Great
Lakes. Hatcher was greatly concerned
that urban growth would accelerate the
decline of the environment.
"The University of Michigan is 150
years old," Hatcher said when resign-
ing. "It has been one of the great cen-
ters, particularly for graduate and pro-
fessional work."
Only one University president -
Henry Tappan - has been fired, and
one -Marion Burton- died in office.
Tappan-left for Europe after being
fired in 1863 and never returned to the
United States. His relationship with the
Board of Regents was so poor that the
regents passed bylaws to reduce his
role to a merely ceremonial one.
"It was politically very messy,"
Steneck said.
Burton suffered a heart attack and
died in 1925, the fifth year of his term.
The other presidents have left the
University to take other jobs.
Erastus Haven, the second president
of the University, left in 1869 to take
the presidency of Northwestern Uni-
Harold Shapiro, Duderstadt's prede-

Past 'U' Presidents
Henry Tappan, 1852-63
Erastus Haven, 1863-69
Henry Frieze (acting), 1869-1871,
1877, 1880-82
James B. Angell, 1871-1909
Harry Hutchins, 1909-20
Marion Burton, 1920-25
Alfred Lloyd (acting), 1925
Clarence C. Little, 1925-29
Alexander Ruthven, 1929-51
Harlan Hatcher, 1951-1967
Robben W. Fleming, 1968-1979
Allan F. Smith (interim), 1979
Harold Shapiro, 1980-87
cessor, resigned in 1987 after eight years
as president to become the president of
Princeton University, his alma mater.
Robben Fleming, president from
1968-1979, resigned to head the Cor-
poration for Public Broadcasting. He
returned to Ann Arbor in 1988 to
serve as interim president after
Shapiro resigned, but remains an ad-
viser for CPB.
"This is consistent with my oft-re-
peated statement that universities ben-
efit from periodic change in leader-
ship," Fleming wrote in a statement the
day he resigned.
Steneck said Fleming's attitude to-
ward the presidency changed the
position's look.
"He felt that over a relatively finite
period of time, he would contribute
what he could, but that then the Univer-
sity would benefit from new leader-
ship," Steneck said, similar to senti-
ments Duderstadt expressed yesterday.
Previous presidents had served long
tenures and retired when they became
too old to serve.
Duderstadt'seight yearsofpresidency

place him fifth on the list of length of
tenure of the 11 University presidents.
James Angell, who served for 38 years
beginning in 1871, tops the list.
Angell, who made sweeping changes
and brought the University national rec-
ognition, attempted to resign in 1905.
The regents panicked and refused to
accept the 76-year-old's resignation,
and offered to hire more help for him
He eventually resigned in 1909,
The role of the president has evolved
over the years, playing a part in the
shorter tenures.
"The president initially was the leader
of the faculty and deeply involved in
faculty affairs," Steneck said. "It has
evolved to being the manager of a huge,
extraordinarily complex corporation-
much more distant from the daily run-
nings of the University."
The president now does a great deal
of fundraising and public relations,
while deans and assistant deans are
more involved with the faculty.
"Fundraising didn't occupy all your
time," Steneck said. "Running the Uni-
versity occupied all your time."
Steneck said returning to the faculty
is unique, even at universities across
the country.
"I don't think it's enormously com-
mon," Steneck said. "They go on to be
presidents of larger and larger things
and eventually get into the private sec-
tor or the government sector."
But, at Michigan, Duderstadt's deci-
sion may be in line with some old ideals
about faculty and administration.
"It used to be a Michigan tradition
that the University was very proud of
- we were a University run largely by
people close to the faculty. You would

University Career.
1969 - Assistant
1981 - Dean of
1986 - Provost
and Vice
President for
1987 -- Acting
President and
1988 -

Professor of


Under his

""11 Watch

Former University Presidents Harold Shapiro (left) and Robben Fleming attend
James J. Duderstadt's inauguration in 1989 as the 11th University president.

he Diag that
uderstadt built
nears completion
By Jennifer Harvey
Daily Staff Reporter
James J. Duderstadt's term as president was a time for
marked development in facilities at the University.
"He was truly a man of vision. He knew where this
University was going, made a plan to guide it there and
implemented that plan," Tom Abdelnour, assistant director
ofconstruction, said about Duderstadt's construction agenda.
Numerous building projects have been started during his
administration and most are ongoing. While there is no
official total for construction expenditures under the
Duderstadt presidency, the amount nears $1 billion.
Some projects promoted and guided by Duderstadt include
construction of the new Aerospace Building on North Cam-
pus, the new Chemistry Building, the new Engineering
Center, renovations to the East Engineering Building, con-
struction of the Dow Library on North Campus and the
extensive renovations of Angell Hall.
Duderstadt also was the driving force behind the renova-
tion and addition to the Mott's Children's Hospital, construc-
tion of the Cancer and Geriatrics research building, construc-
tion of the Medical Science Research III building, renova-
tions to C.C. Little Laboratory, construction of the new
Primary Care Center on Plymouth Road and the addition to
Randall Laboratory next to West Engineering.

A young James J. Duderstadt teaches "Nuclear Power and You" In 1978.
President had signficant role
n itercolle gite athletic

Ground was re-
cently broken on
two other major
projects for the
School of Social
Work Building,
next to the School
of Education, and
the Integrated
Technology In-
struction Center
on North Campus.
ITIC is one of

"No major
university can
ignore its
-- Barbara MaCAdam
Head of the Shapiro Library

By Antoine Pitts
Daily Sports Editor
As a fixture at Michigan basketball
games for years in his maize sweater,
University President James J. Duderstadt
had some of the best seats at Crisler
Arena to cheer on the Wolverines.
Since taking office, Duderstadt has
played quite a role in Athletic Depart-
ment. He also has distinguished him-
self as a leader in conference and na-
tional athletic issues.
Duderstadt selected Joe Roberson in
1993 to head the Athletic Department. A
selection committee labored for six
months to find a successor to outgoing
Athletic Director Jack Weidenbach. The
committee came up with four candidates.
Roberson was not one of them.
Roberson's receptionist said he would
not take any calls on the matter. Calls to
other administrators were not returned.
Duderstadt tapped Roberson from the
Campaign for Michigan - a five-year,
billion-dollar fundraising committee-
to be the University's eighth athletic
director, even though he was never in-
terviewed by the selection committee.
Earlier this month, it was announced
that all Athletic Department contracts
would be controlled by the University's
financial office. This action came in
part as a response to the department's
contract with Nike and a $386,026
buyout of former football coach Gary
Moeller's contract.
"He's one of the leading presidents
in the country as far as making changes
within a total university," said Associ-
ate Athletic Director Tirrel Burton.
"He's been very concerned that the
Athletic Department remains under Uni-
versity control."
"He has an interest in athletics that I

think has been useful," said Univers
spokeswoman Lisa Baker. "He's ta
a role nationally in intercollegiatea
letes. He's one of the presidents thatI
issued a great concern for student-i
letes and gender equity.
"Because he cares so deeply ab
athletics, he's played such a big rol
the direction of the department."
Duderstadt recently was elected
the new chairman of the Big Ten Pr
dents/Chancelors Committee. TI
committee controls legislation ofa
letics in the conference including
contract with the Rose Bowl. Duders'
has stood beside his colleagues andF
Ten Commissioner Jim Delany in a
mantly refusing to join any kind
national football playoff.
Duderstadt has also been vocal ab
restructuring in the NCAA.
A proposed plan he worked on-
be addressed at January's NCAA c
vention - calls for each of the th
divisions to be grouped separately
stead of as a whole.
"He's been a real supporter of
structuring," said Athletic Departmr
faculty representative Percy Bates.
should correct some of the proble
we've had. Restructuring will givec
unit with all Division I schools
Division II would be another se
rate group and Division III yet anot
This would put schools with simi
sizes, budgets and enrollments toget
instead of having the smaller sch
voting against proposals that would I
the bigger schools.
Despite his role in the Universi
athletics, none of the department's
nior officials would comment
Duderstadt's announced retiremen

and do your time in ad- Arbor following their resignation have
ndthenreturnto the class- often remained close to the University,
k said. usually in the capacity of adviser.
re very proud of Michi- Fleming, Hatcher and Allen Smith,
Ise." an interim president in 1979, still main-
ho have remained in Ann tain homes in Ann Arbor.
'First lady' Anne will
be missed when her
husband retires
* President's wife serves as fundraser
and representative for the University
By Michelle Lee Thompson
Daily Staff Reporter
When President James J. Duderstadt steps down in June to
return to the faculty, the University also will lose its first
lady, his wife Anne.
But Anne Duderstadt, one of the most active first ladies of
RARY the University, will continue her role as associate vice
president fordevelopment, fundraising for the Campaign for
Michigan, the University's five-year effort to raise $1 bil-
"Mrs. Duderstadt is a professional in her own right," said
University spokeswoman Lisa Baker.
"Her role is just so great in the campus
life - it's very demanding.
sity The Duderstadts are often referred to
ken as a unit in their leadership at the Uni-
ath- versity.
has In an open letter yesterday to the Uni-
ath- versity community announcing his res-
ignation, Duderstadt wrote: "After serv-
out ing for almost a decade ... Anne and I
e in have decided that this will be our last
year as leaders of the University." Anne Duderstadt
I as In a statement, the Board of Regents
esi- thanked the couple, married 27 years, for their contributions.
his "The regents wish to extend their thanks and best wishes
ath- to Jim and Anne Duderstadt as they bring an end to their
its tenure in office. The Regents believe their achievements ...
tadt will rank high in the history of the University of Michigan,'
Big the statement read.
ida- When Mrs. Duderstadt took the position she still holds
of with the Campaign for Michigan in 1992, she declined the
$35,000 salary, which had been criticized by many in the
out University community.
"In the spirit ofshared sacrifice through which the Univer-
- to sity is facing its present financial situation, I wish to decline
on- receiving any compensation - salary or benefits - for this
tree assignment," Mrs. Duderstadt said in a statement in Septem-
in- ber 1992.
In addition to her fundraising efforts, Mrs. Duderstadt has
re- taken on many duties as first lady.
ent "She also was alongside him in hosting dozens and dozens
. "It of events. ... Although it was a lot of work, it's something
ems that she enjoys very much and she's very good at," Baker
one said.
to- When President Duderstadt took office, his wife immedi-
ately became involved in the remodeling of Ingalls House,
pa- the president's on-campus residence.
her. Since then she has assisted in many of her husband's duties
ilar and initiatives, most recently helping to bring polio vaccine
ther inventor Jonas Salk to the University in April.
Dols Baker said she did not foresee Mrs. Duderstadt's involve-
help ment in the University community decreasing after her
husband steps down.
ty's Anne Duderstadt served as president of the Faculty
se- Women's Club from 1983 through 1984.
on The Duderstadts have two daughters, Susan, 31 and
t. Katharine, 29.

September: Shortly after taking
office, President James J.
unveils the
Mandate, a
blueprint designed
in 1987 for
enrollment and
percentage of
faculty members
in balance with Duderstadt, 1988
the state's
demographic makeup.
November: The campus police force
is deputized by the Washtenaw
County Sheriff's Office despite
student protests.
September: Disgruntled former
University scientist Roger Guiles
opens fire with an M-14 semi-
automatic rifle on the Fleming
Building to show his discontent with
the administration.
February: The University Board of
Regents assumes authority over the
Department of Public Safety. Angry
students storm the Fleming Building.
March: The National Organization for
the Reform of Marijuana Laws sues
the University for use of the Diag for
its annual marijuana-legilization rally
- Hash Bash.
October: The University unveils the
biggest fundraising initiative in
history for a public university. The
Campaign for Michigan's goal is to
raise $1 billion in standard
donations, trusts and endowments
by 1997.
September: The regents adopt an
amendment to Bylaw 14.06, thus
prohibiting discrimination based on
sexual orientation.
January: The regents, with
Duderstadt's support, pass the
Statement of Student Rights and
Responsibilities, an interim code of
non-academic conduct. Students cry
Summer: The University embarks on
major construction and renovation
April: Duderstadt unviels the Agenda
for Women, a comprehensive plan to
increase the success of female
students and faculty members at the
Summer: An intemal audit shows
communication department
endowment funds were misspent.
Duderstadt promises to replace the
misspent funds after donors
September: Duderstadt and the
regents criticize the Athletic
Department for its $7 million
contract with Nike, which gives the
comoany rights to the University's

the most dramatic undertakings during Duderstadt's term. The
building will include a library and technology center geared
toward the needs ofall four schools on North Campus-Music,
Engineering, Art and Architecture.
The massive renovations on the Shapiro Undergraduate
Library - formerly the UGLi-were completed this spring.
The building received a major outside facelift and numerous
inside improvements, including the centralization of campus
science libraries and connectors to Harlan Hatcher Graduate
Library and West Engineering.
Barbara MacAdam, head of the library, credited Duderstadt
for his role in improving the structural and technological
state of the University.
MacAdam said every president stands out for a specific
accomplishment and that Duderstadt's was his physical
vision for the campus.
"No major university can ignore its infrastructure," she
said. "Resources have to be put into capital improvements.
The time was right for Michigan to make such improve-
ments. Interest rates were low and the funding was there.
"If Duderstadt had not pushed for construction, the Uni-
versity could be faced with a situation like the one Yale is in
now. They have crumbling buildings and no way to pay for
them," MacAdam said.

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