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The Michigan Daily - Friday, October 27, 1995 - -

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Henry Philip Erastus Otis James Burrit
Tappah Haven Angell
1852-63 1863-69 1871-1909
mInister and Minister and Former president
hilosophy professor of University of
rofessor. English, history and Vermont.
as removed from Latin. University grew
ffice after Blacks were 5,000 students
isagreements with admitted for the 400 faculty.
he regents. first time. Organized athlet
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Isets high
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By Amy Klein
Daily Staff Reporter
T he clock is ticking. With Presic
James J. Duderstadt's departure lo
ing only eight months away, the t
versity Board of Regents plans to P
public forums next month to hear the o
ions of the campus community.
But in the end, the eight-member be
will pick the next president to sit at the I
of the regents table. And the decision
directly touch the top executive offi
and administrators.
Many regents said they are waiting to
input from students, faculty and staff be
determining what qualities and charact
tics the next president should have.
"There is a great deal of groundwoi
be done right now," said Regent Dt
Baker(R-Ann Ar
We will have to "The qualities
president will hayf
go back to some Of going to be fo
through talking t
the core values our community."
Other regents
univerfity has had executiveffier
that any college pt
a.; emphasis on, like dent should b
strong leader.
"There has to
vision towards w
AN~w. mA M .i +r, r . 1 r.4 is.

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it of
to
and
ics.

Harry Bum
Hutchins
1897-98, 1909-20
University graduate,
dean of Law
department.
Supported students
organizing Michigan
Union in 1919.

Marion Leroy
Burton
1920-25
Minister and
president,
University of
Minnesota.
Secured state
funding for Yost
Field House, Angell
Hall and East
Engineering.
Only president to
die in office.

Clarence Cook
Little
1925-29
President of the
University of Maine.
Did genetics and
cancer research.

Alexander Grant
Ruthven
1929-51
Zoology professor
and museum
director.
Restructured ,
administration to
decentralize
responsibility
among deans and
directors.

Harlan Henthorne
Hatcher
1951-67
Professor of English
and vice president
of Ohio State
University.
Established North
Campus and the
Flint and Dearborn
campuses.

Robben Wright
Fleming
1968-78, 1988
Chancellor,
University of
Wisconsin.
Law professor.

Harold Tafler
Shapiro
1980-87
Economics and
public policy
professor.
Downsized while
raising money to
construct 15
buildings.

James Johnson
Duderstadt
1988-96
Nuclear Engineering
professor.
Behind major
construction on
campus, Michigan
Mandate, Agenda
for Women.

"

"I would like to see someone
who is definitely interested in
student concerns - perhaps
someone to try to make an
opportunity for students to
express their ideas more easily:'

Duderstadt
Shagpiro say
president
must lead
By Amy Klein
Daily Staff Reporter.
It's out of his hands now.
After announcing in September his in-
tentions to step down from the post of
University president, James J. Duderstadt
said he plans both to return to classroom
teaching and to stay involved in the com-
munity., But Duderstadt won't have the
opportunity to pick his successor.
That's not to say he hasn't given the issue
any thought.
"We need someone who's a leader,"
Duderstadt said. "Michigan has always
benefited by having the right person for the
times."
While the members of the University
Board of Regents make the final decision
on the next president, Duderstadt said the

Heather Bunting, LSA junior
"As a minority student, I hope that
he or she would be for affirmative
action - someone to be
representative of the University. A:
woman or minority would be grew
- Colin Powell if he doesn't run fog
President."
Felicia Brooks, LSA first-year student
"Someone who'd relieve stress
around this campus."
Jenifer Chambers, LSA sophomore.
"I'd like someone who'd reduce the
tuition rates. I'm from out of state
and it's quite expensive."
Todd Corpus, LSA senior
"I think that Winston Churchill
would have made a great
University president."
Douglas Barns, LSA juniot
"I think what most students fear isi
that the new president would be af
arch-conservative who will get rid (
of a lot of programs that are for :
students of color...."
Rochelle Woods, Rackham graduate
student
"I would most admire ... someone
in the humanities, someone active
in student life and someone that w
hear from a lot."
Lope Lopez, LSA sophomore
"Someone who has gone to U-M
and knows what it's like to be a

bor).
the
e are
und
o the
and
-s say
)resi-
e a
be a
here
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- J Bernard Machen
University provost

the university will be
in the next century,"
said Provost J. Ber-
nard Machen. "We
will have to go back
values our university

to some of the core

has had an emphasis on, like undergraduate
education."
Many executive officers said that the
president, who oversees three campuses
and manages thousands of faculty and staff
members, must be able to communicate
effectively with the administration.
"One characteristic is the capability to lis-
ten and interact well with the different con-
stituencies and with the academic commu-
nity," said Thomas Kinnear, vice president
for development. "They would need to have
open relations with executive officers and it
would have to be someone who listens."

Regent Shirley McFee (R-Battle Creek)
said that at the start of a search, she would
look at the characteristics that earlier presi-
dents possessed.
"What's essential first of all is someone
with a strong academic background, who
preferably has a Ph.D. in something, in
order to have the respect or experience to
put him or her on par with the other people
at this university," McFee said.
The next president will also have to be
able to assume Duderstadt's current
projects, said Vice President for Student
Affairs Maureen A. Hartford.
"It would be wonderful if our new presi-
dent acknowledged Jim's efforts with the
(Michigan) Mandate, the Agenda for
Women, the investment in technology and
in outreach, and committed to extending
these efforts," Hartford said. "I would ob-
viously like to find a president who enjoys
interacting with students."
Regent Rebecca McGowan (D-Ann Ar-
bor) said Duderstadt's successor will also

need to remember the University's com-
mitment to the state and responsibility to
educate the students of Michigan.
"Revenue sources are becoming less and
less dependent on tax dollars and more and
more dependent on private sources,"
McGowan said. "I'm not interested in this
as a private organization. I want the public
nature to be furthered by the next president,
despite the change in the revenue sources."
Maintaining the University's relationships
with the state is also a concern for many
administrators. During the past few months,
the University has formed a tentative peace
with Lansing legislators, following a lengthy
battle over state appropriations.
"There's no question that the University
president needs to be a comfortable player in
the political arena, and that quality will be
more essential in the years ahead," said Cynthia
Wilbanks, associate vice president for Uni-
versity relations. "You would want the presi-
dent to be able to articulate the goals and
mission of the University to the Legislature."

regents must look for
candidates with
proven credentials
and who are capable
of handling such a
large institution.
"I don't believe the
University can or
shouldeverbe led by
someone who does
not have a reputation
as a great leader..
There areavery few
people out there that
can do the job,"
Duderstadt said.
"There are really two
jobs - one as the
University of Michi-
gan systems leader,
and one on the Ann
Arbor campus."

It has to be
someone who finds
it alot of fun to try
to preserve what's
best in the traditions
... yet knows that
things will have to
change as we go
ahead "
- Harold Shaprio
Former University president

I n
Du
like
pre
oft

lever saw
derstadt; I'd
eto see the
sident more
en.
Mike Lucas, LSA
sophomore
e need
none who is
essible to
dents and

student. Someon&
who is well-
respected by their
peers, and not a
lawyer."
Jesse Field, LSA
junior

"4
sol
acc
stu

Faculty looking for unifying leader

Princeton University President Harold
T. Shapiro, who served as University of
Michigan president from 1980-1987, said
the leader ofan institution must be prepared
to adapt to a changing world.
"It has to be someone who finds it a lot of
fun to try to preserve what's best in the
traditions that Michigan and other places of
higher education have, yet knows that things
will have to change as we go ahead," Shapiro
said.
Both Duderstadt and Shapiro underscored
the importance of a president, particularly
at a public institution, which is able to work
with the state Legislature. During the past
year, the University has battled with Lan-
sing over issues like in-state enrollment
figures and state appropriations.
"The kinds of challenges that will face
Michigan will be the challenges faced by
other distinguished universities," Shapiro

pursues the interests of the student
body instead of their own agenda.'
Brad Nash, LSA sophomore
"Someone who would increase
financial aid."
Rebecca Hostman, Nursing sophomor
"Someone who emphasizes
diversity. Someone who is visible
and talks to students, even if it's just
once a year.,
Michelle Everett, LSA senior

Flexibility a
top priority
for anyone
who fills
position with
so many

By Stephanie Jo Klein
Daily Staff Reporter
Stressing scholarship and flexibility,
University faculty members say they are
looking for a new unity on campus when
the next president is appointed.
"It's very important that a president help
bring us all together so we can do the work
of this place most effectively," said George

"When you bring in a new president, it's
an opportunity to galvanize the institution
and its supporters," Feldman said. "It's a
time to think carefully aboutthe University's
basic educational values and the best ways
for the University to accomplish (them)."
Some faculty members say the time has
come for a new style of leadership.
Thomas Dunn, a chemistry professor and

tuition costs and research expenses.
"In the face of stable faculty and student
(populations), we should consider whether
we want to continue (this trend of rising
costs)," Smith said.
Both Dunn and Smith said they hoped to
avoid a corporate mentality.
"The business of the University is not
business, it's learning," Smith said.

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