The University Record, January 11, 1999

Board honors retiring Regents and vice president

By Jane R. Elgass

The Board of Regents honored Regents Shirley M. McFee and Philip H. Power, and Frederick C. Neidhardt, vice president for research, with resolutions granting them emeritus status at its December meeting.

Neidhardt’s resolution, presented by Regent Laurence B. Deitch, noted that during his terms as associate vice president, acting vice president, interim vice president and vice president for research, “Working with more than 200 departments, centers, institutes and interdisciplinary programs, Vice President Neidhardt has provided strong and visionary leadership for faculty and students involved in research during a period of administrative transition. He has expanded opportunities for undergraduate research, restructured research support services, and provided a strong voice for scholars and scientists in their communications with the public, private industry and government.”

McFee’s resolution, presented by Regent Daniel D. Horning, cited “her strong background in politics and business” that she brought to Board deliberations, and noted that she “has served the citizens of Michigan admirably as she has tackled the challenges of adequately funding higher education, maintaining quality, and keeping tuition affordable. Regent McFee,” the resolution continued, “has supported efforts to work with communities to expand continuing education programs and to share the University’s expertise with the state’s K-12 schools. She also has spoken eloquently on behalf of the University’s efforts to achieve diversity among its students, faculty and staff.”

Regent Olivia P. Maynard did the honors for Power, whose resolution cited his “significant contributions to the Board’s deliberations, frequently delighting colleagues with his perspicacity, jocose narratives and savoir-faire. A Michigan alumnus, Regent Power has championed improvements in undergraduate education and expansion of sponsored research, and played a key role in the extraordinarily successful $1.4 billion Campaign for Michigan. He also has worked,” the resolution stated, “to make a University of Michigan education accessible to all academically qualified Michigan residents.”


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