L. Deitch, Chair of the University of Michigan’s Board of Regents, addressed the Chapter at its 2002 Annual Meeting in April, 2002. Regent Deitch said that the Regents have ultimate legal responsibility for everything that goes on at the University but that they should be involved in general, and not “day-to-day” supervision and that he was opposed to micromanagement by the Regents. He added that “the President and the President alone is the leader of the University.” Regent Deitch commented that “the University is not a business.” He added, however, that the “public should insist that the University be run in a business-like way.”
He then proceeded to address the following questions:
What are common practices for businesses that are appropriate for universities? What are common practices for businesses that are not appropriate for universities?
The Fall Chapter meeting was held in December, 2002, on the topic “Who Should Pay for Benefits: Who Represents Faculty in the Decision-Making Process." The speakers were Frederick Askari, Chair of the Committee on the Economic Status of the Faculty, and Charles Parrish, President of the Wayne State University AAUP/AFT faculty union. The Chapter published on the “Faculty Perspective Page” of The University Record an article which is reprinted elsewhere in this newsletter. Chapter officers and members have also held two joint meetings with officers and members from the AAUP Chapters on the Flint and Dearborn campuses.
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