The University Record, July 22, 2002

Interim presidency of B. Joseph White widely praised

Sarah Boot, MSA president, and Liz Mullane, MSA treasurer, present White with a handmade student organization quilt. (Photo by Martin Vloet, U-M Photo Services)
Accessible, sincere, confident—these are among the words used to describe Interim President B. Joseph White as regents, students, staff and a state representative honored the outgoing leader during the July 18 Board of Regents meeting. Regent David Brandon called White a “clear, confident leader during this time of transition.” Alumnus and State Representative Chris Kolb, (D-Ann Arbor/B.A. ’82) honored White with a House resolution but spoke personally about the interim president’s involvement with the legislature and the Ann Arbor community. “I think you raised the bar for all the presidents to come after you,” Kolb said. “To be as engaging as you were was a big hit.”

Michigan Student Assembly President Sarah Boot presented White with a quilt made from T-shirts representing various student organizations. “Although his schedule was terribly busy and demanding, he made time for students again and again,” Boot said. “This has not gone unnoticed by the student body and we are so grateful to you, President White, for treating us with such respect and consideration.”

White will leave the presidency when Mary Sue Coleman arrives Aug. 1. He will then return to teaching, as was his original plan after stepping down as dean of the U-M Business School last year.