James J. Duderstadt was installed as the 11th president of the University of Michigan on October 11, 1988. During the nearly eight years of his presidency, Jim Duderstadt has worked tirelessly and effectively to serve the best interests of the University.
As President Duderstadt has said repeatedly, the job of a university president is among the most difficult and demanding jobs in the world. Indeed, at the time of his appointment, President Duderstadt looked forward to a time when he would return to his scholarly career in teaching and research.
President Duderstadt has informed the Regents of his decision to retire as president, effective June 30, 1996. The Regents have accepted his decision with regret.
The Regents wish to extend their thanks and best wishes to Jim and Anne Duderstadt as they bring to an end their tenure in office. The Regents believe their achievementsthe launch of the Campaign for Michigan, the rebuilding of the Central Campus in Ann Arbor, the development of a far-seeing agenda for building the University of the 21st centurywill rank high in the history of the University of Michigan.
The Regents endorse this base of accomplishments and believe it will serve the University well in the years ahead.
The Regents look forward to working with President Duderstadt to achieve a smooth and orderly transition. The Regents also wish to express their complete confidence in the executive officers and deans of the University, and look forward to working with them, together with faculty, staff, students and alumni, to keep the University moving forward.