The University Record, November 13, 2000

Deitch, McGowan re-elected to Board of Regents

By Jane R. Elgass

Laurence B. Deitch and Rebecca McGowan have been re-elected to eight-year terms on the Board of Regents.

Deitch, of Bloomfield Hills, holds A.B. and J.D. degrees from the University and is a partner in the law firm of Bodman, Longley & Dahling LLP of Detroit. He has served as vice chair of the Michigan Civil Service Commission, president of Temple Beth El in Bloomfield Hills and treasurer of the Michigan Democratic Party. He was elected to the Board of Regents in 1992.

In a pre-election statement, Deitch noted that he “is very supportive of President Lee C. Bollinger and the other leaders of the University, who I believe are moving it in the right direction in the face of significant external challenges. Finding the resources to properly compensate our superb faculty and staff, defending our affirmative action admissions policies and keeping the classroom free of political interference are all current challenges.”

A resident of Ann Arbor, McGowan holds a B.A. from Lake Forest (Ill.) College. Following graduation, she was a legislative assistant to Sen. Adlai Stevenson and later for Sen. Frank Church. She was a senior staff member in the White House for Vice President Walter F. Mondale, and was deputy national campaign director for his candidacy for the presidency.

McGowan moved to Ann Arbor in 1985 and was the director of government relations for the Industrial Technology Institute. She is on the board of Lake Forest College and received an honorary degree from the school in 1998.

“The University of Michigan is a great public asset of Michigan and must be treated as such,” McGowan said in a pre-election statement. “During my time on the Board, we have ended discrimination against all the members of our community. We are defending our admissions policies that put a diverse and able student population as a core educational objective. I worked hard to help put in place men and women of excellence and character to provide leadership for the University.”

Following last week’s election, McGowan said she is “delighted by this opportunity to continue to serve on Michigan’s Board. Larry [Deitch] and I each believe that Michigan is on just the right path, so there are no surprises coming from us. It’s simply time to let everyone get back to work!”