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  • Bridgette Abraham-Guzman
    (NTL)

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    Laurence B. Deitch
    (Dem)

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    Audra Driscoll
    (UST)

  • Richard A. Hewer
    (UST)

  • James Lewis Hudler
    (L)

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    Denise Ilitch
    (Dem)

  • John Jascob
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    Carl Meyers
    (Rep)

  • Latham Redding
    (Grn)

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    Ron Weiser
    (Rep)

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Biographical Information

Why do you want to be a member of the university board to which you are seeking election? What current or former board members or trustee(s), if any, do you consider a role model for the job? Please explain.

What do you consider the three most critical duties of a university regent/governor/trustee?

How hands-on do you intend to be with various university departments? How involved should a board member be with the athletic department, for example?

From your perspective, is the university whose board you are running for doing enough to be transparent? Is there more that needs to be done to ensure that debate is taking place publicly? If yes, what are transparency changes you would advocate?

Where do you stand on the lawsuit seeking to require open meetings among university boards in Michigan? Explain.

What is the university’s role in addressing the need for jobs and economic diversity in Michigan?

What is the right way for universities to deal with incidents of sexual assaults on its campus? In whose jurisdiction should investigation, prosecution and punishment fall? What is a university’s role in this process?

What must the university do to eradicate sexual assaults on campus?

What should the university do to control the cost of tuition?

Are you satisfied with the diversity of the university’s student body? If not, what should be done to improve diversity at the university?

What should the university do to improve the drop-out rates of young freshman? What can be done to ensure students having trouble don't fall out of the college system completely?

What role does a university play in helping a state keep college graduates in Michigan? In what ways would you encourage that as a member of the board?

To what extent should the university participate in efforts to make its best teaching available on free or inexpensive digital platforms?

Do you support and will you appear at campaign events with your party’s presidential nominee?

Have you ever been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor? If so, explain.

Have you ever filed for personal bankruptcy? If so, explain.

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City of residence Bloomfield Hills
Age 69
Family Married: Penny Lambert Deitch Children: Sarah Persily; Leslie Noble, M.D.; William Deitch Grandchildren: Ben Persily; Kate Persily; Charlotte Noble; James Noble
Education Mumford High School, Detroit, Michigan University of Michigan, BA, 1969. JD, 1972
Vehicles owned 2016 Ford Flex, 2014 BMW 535, 2008 Pontiac Solstice
Professional Experience Partner, Bodman PLC. Corporate law with special expertise in mergers & acquisitions and corporate governance.
Political Experience I started working in Democratic Party politics while I was a student in Ann Arbor. I worked for President Carter in 1976. I was Treasurer of the Michigan Democratic Party and Treasurer of the Draft Blanchard for Michigan Committee in 1981. I was appointed to the Michigan Civil Service Commission by Governor Blanchard, and in 1992 I was elected to the University of Michigan Board of Regents.
Race/ethnicity Caucasian
Campaign Website http://votedeitch.com
I have been privileged to serve for almost 24 years on the U of M Board of Regents and am seeking reelection. I do this work because I love it, I’m good at it, I have helped make Michigan better than when I started, and I care deeply about the institution and the people that it serves. The current Board works remarkably well together. I believe my seniority, professional expertise and institutional memory are well respected by my colleagues.

When I was a young lawyer, I met Robert Nederlander, who was on the U of M Board of Regents and was a leading Democratic Party fundraiser and businessman. He was a mentor to me and gave me the sense that someday I could follow in his footsteps.
1. Creating a culture that is inclusive for all students, staff and faculty. 2. Acting as good stewards for the people of Michigan over an institution with a 200 year history and an infinite horizon. 3. Maintaining and enhancing the quality of the University. I am proud that over 100 of the University’s programs are ranked in the top 10 nationally – a record shared only by Stanford and UCAL – Berkeley.
Generally, I do not believe that the Regents should be involved in the day-to-day operations of any university department, including athletics.

On the other hand, it is clear that inter-collegiate athletics plays a major role in the life of the University. Accordingly, when there are directional and/or policy issues that come to the fore, it is our job as governance to help shape policy direction. That is exactly what we did in 2014 with the departure of David Brandon and the hiring of Jim Harbaugh and Warde Manuel. But, decisions as to how the department should be run are appropriately left to the President and the Athletic Director.
I am fully in favor of transparency. We work hard to keep the public informed. I believe that most of the items that come before the Board are not controversial. I have never been afraid to state my views in public. I was one of two Regents who were opposed to the $225,000,000 expansion of Michigan Stadium. I spoke out passionately against it. My opposition led to a strong public debate about the project. I lost, but was happy to have fueled that debate. My point is: I have a record of being publicly outspoken on important issues.
It would be disingenuous for me to say anything other than I support the University’s position. I support the suit out of a passionate belief in the University’s constitutional autonomy. Our independence has helped make UM the best public University in the country and protected it from the political whims of the moment. Moreover, there are decisions that we have to make about aspects of the University’s business where public disclosure would harm the University.

Other than for sensitive and competitive matters, I am for full, open and transparent discussions.
No cogent economic development strategy for Michigan would be worthwhile that didn’t include a robust University of Michigan. We need to continue to focus on tech transfer to create vibrant new companies that will create knowledge based jobs. We also need to use our enormous expertise in the humanities and the social sciences to help Michigan citizens work through various social and structural problems that are a barrier to spreading prosperity throughout all segments of our population.
The U.S. Department of Education requires universities to have a vigilant and comprehensive program to effectively deal with sexual assault on campus. Accordingly, it is irrelevant to discuss whether the whole matter should be handled in the criminal justice system as opposed to it being handled by the University. We are mandated to deal effectively with sexual assault.

Since that is the case, I believe that there are three critical elements that must be present:

1. We need sensitive professional support for both the alleged assailant and the alleged victim. 2. We need to act with speed and discretion. 3. We must always conduct ourselves with due process.

Our actions must be consistent.
I don’t think that you will ever completely eradicate sexual assault. But, we must make efforts to reduce its incidence to a de-miminus problem. In order to do that, we need to develop more effective strategies to reduce binge drinking and substance abuse generally. We also need to continue our education of our students as to what’s at stake for all of them.
The State of Michigan has disinvested in universities over the last 30 years. In my time on the board, I have voted for tuition increases and against them. I have looked at every vote as a decision requiring a balance between maintaining quality and controlling cost. With inflation and increased enrollment, this disinvestment has made it hard on universities. I will fight to maintain the excellence of our university, and this means that we rely on tuition in order to provide our students with the best education. Increasing tuition also allows us to increase financial aid. Until we turn around this disinvestment, our focus has to be on increasing productivity in order to best control cost.
No, I am not satisfied. I was actively involved in our defense of affirmative action all the way to the United States Supreme Court. I, of course, was vehemently opposed to Proposal 2. We must:

1. Continually recruit a diverse student body through smart, legally defensible strategies. 2. Develop a culture where students of color and economically disadvantaged students will believe that UM is a place where they can thrive. 3. Create role models in the faculty — like with our recent appointments of Alec Gallimore as Dean of the College of Engineering and Wade Manuel as Athletic Director. 4. Create better support systems so that students know that we believe in them and that they will succeed.
Happily, this is not as big a problem at U of M as it is at other places because of our selective admissions policy. To improve dropout rates, it is important that students are offered the help they need whether it be tutoring or health services. We offer a variety of tutoring to students in all departments to ensure that students succeed in their academic endeavors, and our health services offer counseling for stress and mental health. We also have various student run organizations on campus that are designed for students to participate in peer support groups to share their struggles in a safe, healthy, and confidential way.
The world needs a very great University of Michigan — a legendary institution that brings pride and innovation to our state and remains forever accessible and inviting talented people, from wherever they come. It is our job to create an inviting culture that draws people in and makes them want to stick around.

I have thought about this problem a lot and haven’t come up with a more targeted strategy.

It is a critical problem for the state and one that affects me personally as our three children live in New York, Chicago and San Francisco. I miss them and so should our state as they are all highly educated and talented.
This sounds good and I am not opposed to it. However, I am not a great proponent of these efforts. I haven’t really seen them have a significant impact.
Yes. We recently hosted Hillary Clinton’s Vice Presidential Nominee Sen. Tim Kaine on our campus. I was a "warm up act."
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City of residence Ann Arbor
Age 43
Family Marisol, age 6 Ben, age 5
Education Bachelor of Arts - University of Toledo Attended University of Toledo, College of Law
Professional Experience Field Service Administration
Political Experience US Taxpayers Party of Michigan member
Race/ethnicity Caucasian Jewish
The University of Michigan is a diverse echelon of higher learning and a jewel in Michigan’s crown of many achievements. With my vote, I want to represent ALL of who make the University an outstanding educational institution - this–not only includes the administration, faculty and students but also all Its employees as well. I will represent all of their voices collectively.
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The Regents should only involves themselves in said departments only insomuch as to their legislative duties and obligations. The departments should be afforded the ability to choose curriculum and operate on a daily basis so long as it adheres to the policies and procedures set forth by the Regents.
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The University of Michigan is a public university. If individuals have questions, concerns or are interested in the policies/procedures set forth by the Regents, then by all means those individuals should have the right and ability to attend the meetings.
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Zero tolerance. There needs to be at the least a modicum of personal responsibility and acceptance of the consequences of criminal behavior. The University needs to “walk softly and carry a big stick” as it applies to meting punishment to offenders, ie. expulsion. Sexual assault is a criminal offense - any criminal investigation, prosecution and punishment is in the jurisdiction of state and local law enforcement. That being said, the University should aid and coordinate with law enforcement during any and all investigation processes.
Zero tolerance. There needs to be at the least a modicum of personal responsibility and acceptance of the consequences of criminal behavior. The University needs to “walk softly and carry a big stick” as it applies to meting punishment to offenders. Furthermore, I do not encourage “gun free” zones, or at the least the advertisement of such. This advertisement only encourages felonious behavior as demonstrated in recent events and history. Rather, I encourage and promote self-preservation and protection and awareness. Not only is this empowering but a deterrent to abhorrent behavior.
Students are the backbone of any university. It’s why the University of Michigan was created in 1817, to provide an outstanding education. I propose working collectively with state and local governments to provide the legislative wherewithal that will encourage private and industry with tax incentives to donate generously to the University in forms of grants and scholarships.
Instead of focusing on differences and what divides us, we ought to concentrate on what unites us. “….I am a Jew. Hath not a Jew eyes? hath not a Jew hands, organs, dimensions, senses, affections, passions? fed with the same food, hurt with the same weapons, subject to the same diseases, healed by the same means, warmed and cooled by the same winter and summer, as a Christian is? If you prick us, do we not bleed? if you tickle us, do we not laugh? if you poison us, do we not die? and if you wrong us, shall we not revenge? If we are like you in the rest, we will resemble you in that...." The Merchant of Venice, Act 3 Scene 1. Wm. Shakespeare
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City of residence Chelsea, Michigan
Age 64
Family Single
Education Associates Degree, Bachelors Degree, and graduate work
I want to effect changes in my alma mater, to strengthen it and to benefit the people of Michigan. I want the University of Michigan to be an institution where free inquiry, free speech, and intellectual vigor prosper.
Make sure there is free speech on campus; make sure governing boards listen to faculty, staff and students; privatize the institution as much as possible.
It's great that athletics at the University of Michigan is self-supporting--I would not interfere with that. There must be freedom of speech and freedom of inquiry in academic departments.
Yes, more open board meetings.
University of Michigan Regents' meetings should be open to the public.
The University should allow companies to come on campus to recruit employees.
Universities should cooperate with the civil authorities.
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Ensuring free markets in the provision of educational services will help keep costs down.
I see all colors and ethnicities when I tour the campus. Qualified students from all backgrounds should be admitted.
Ensure excellent counselling systems.
Michigan would hold on to more of its graduates if the taxes in our state were decreased. We need to get rid of city income taxes.
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Yes. Gary Johnson, the Libertarian Party candidate for President, and his running mate William Weld are superior to either of the major parties' tickets. I urge all voters to cast their ballots for Johnson and Weld.
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City of residence Bingham Farms
Age 60
Family Daughter, Brooke Lites Son, Sam Lites
Education B.A., University of Michigan, 1977 J.D., University of Detroit,1980
Vehicles owned 2010 Lincoln MKT 2012 Convertible Camaro
Professional Experience President of Ilitch Enterprises and co-owner of 220 Restaurant Hospitality, former President of Ilitch Holdings.
Political Experience Elected University of Michigan Regent in 2008
Race/ethnicity Caucasian
As the first in my family to go to college, I know first-hand the value of higher education and that it is the key to opportunity and bright futures for our young people. I want to continue to be an advocate for students, fighting for an affordable, quality, accessible education for all, while fostering a safe, diverse and inclusive campus environment where students and faculty share their ideas and learn. Personally, I look to Regent Emerita Julia Darlow as my role model. Her even temperament, attention to detail, and constant preparedness were keys to her efficiency and leadership in board meetings. She refused to be intimidated and led with integrity in a fashion that was truly admirable.
1. Selection of a President: One of the most important jobs of the regents is to select and support an outstanding president to lead the institution. I am proud to have been a part of hiring our wonderful president, Dr. Mark Schlissel. 2. Overseeing the policies of our world renowned university, including the health system. 3. Upholding the university’s standards of excellence.
In an institution as large and complex as U of M, it is logistically impossible for regents to manage every department hands-on, and manage them well. We have an effective system because it allows for expert, top-level administrators to manage each area of the university. Our role is to help the president set the right course for the university, along with strategic issues and planning. This is true for all departments, including athletics and the University of Michigan Health Systems. We want and expect an athletic program with the utmost integrity that performs at the highest levels of excellence in support of our student athletes.
As regents, we owe it to our students and their families to be transparent with our work, and that is what we do at every meeting. As a public university, information is readily accessible on the website from budgets, to admission policies, to salary information, etc. We also post agendas, supply briefing materials, respond to hundreds of requests through the Freedom of Information Act, and keep minutes of formal meetings (something regents have done for over 100 years). We also ensure that each meeting has an open comment period, where we encourage citizens to come and voice their opinions.
In my capacity as regent, I am unable to comment on the lawsuit. Having said that, I believe transparency is important and should be protected. As a public university and public officials, we are accountable to our students, their families, our faculty, and Michigan taxpayers. I take this very seriously. Our board has been compliant with the open meetings law, and any informal meetings are mainly informational in nature and a chance for various committees to review information and fact find before a vote. This practice has been upheld by the Michigan Court of Appeals. I am proud to cast my votes publicly, to be an outspoken regent on the board, and to always let people know where I stand.
The University of Michigan is one of the largest employers in the state. It is a multibillion dollar institution that has an annual research budget of over a billion dollars, a substantial amount flowing into Michigan from other parts of the country or the world. The University Research Corridor alone contributed $17.5 billion to Michigan's economy in fiscal year 2014. On all three campuses, we educate the next generation of our state’s workforce for all segments of our economy, from teachers to accountants to engineers to nurses, doctors, and so much more. UM plays a crucial role in Michigan’s economy, a responsibility that I take very seriously as a regent, and with great pride.
The job of the university is to respond promptly to and review all reports of sexual misconduct. We strive for a safe campus environment. I expect a zero-tolerance policy for sexual assault. I will continue advocating for programs like the Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center to educate and train students in bystander intervention and model healthy and respectful behavior, and Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) for victims. To quote our Vice President, Joe Biden, “We have to educate everyone about the importance of respect and mutual and affirmative consent.”
I cannot emphasize enough how critical this issue is to me and the university. The high response rate we received through the sexual misconduct survey will help us further ensure that the University of Michigan is a safe place for all students and faculty. Our budget designates over $1.1 million to the sexual assault prevention and education programs. We must continue to work thoughtfully with students in peer engagement, encourage bystander intervention, model healthy and respectful behavior in relationships, and support the victims of sexual misconduct. I am passionate about and steadfastly committed to the issue of campus safety and will continue to advocate strongly for our programs.
I have voted “no” on tuition increases 6 times. Tuition is too high and is leaving students crippled under the burden of massive debt when they graduate. This is unacceptable and why I have called for a Commission on Alternative Revenue that will identify solutions outside of raising tuition and fees on our students and families to help fund the university. In addition, I have been very vocal in my recommendations for creating new revenue sources and continuing to find new ways to cut costs and increase efficiency. Finally, I am advocating that the state and federal government find ways to invest more in college education without increasing costs or impacting taxpayers.
There are always improvements to be made with diversity on campus and making a high quality education accessible for everyone. The increasing price of admission to the university greatly hinders not only economic diversity on campus but, according to a study presented to the American Educational Research Association, racial diversity as well. I have called for a task force to examine ways to deliver quality education without raising costs and have been vocal in my recommendations for creating new revenue sources and to continue finding new ways to cut costs and increase efficiency. By keeping tuition costs from rising, we can ensure a quality, affordable, and accessible education for all.
The UM freshman retention rate is 97%, and we want to see every student succeed from the day they are admitted to the day they get their diploma and beyond. At U of M, we have the Summer Bridge Scholars Program and the Summer Comprehensive Studies Program that are designed to provide support for students from diverse populations, including first-generation students, giving them opportunities to strengthen academic skills, develop a peer support network and familiarize themselves with campus before the school year begins. As a regent, I will keep pushing for these programs to help our students succeed on all three campuses.
At the University of Michigan, we not only look to provide the best education possible for our students, but also to foster a connection between students and the state of Michigan. One example is the Semester in Detroit program, where students live, work, and learn in the city while forming relationships with community leaders, organizations, and neighborhoods. As regent, I would like to see more programs like this. Whether they have lived here their entire lives, or just for their four years as undergraduates, the university provides opportunities for students to connect with the state, hopefully driving them to stay long past graduation.
Free or inexpensive digital platforms are a great way to make education accessible to students. UM is a leader in the development of Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs). These programs make U of M professors available all over the world, while offering student engagement and accelerated tracks of study in some areas. Nevertheless, in-person instruction is an exceptionally important form of education. We should not abandon the value of students interacting with their professors and other students face to face, but we should continue to add new technology to the classroom to meet the educational needs of our students and make classroom learning as accessible as possible.
Yes, I will appear at campaign events because I support Hillary Clinton. She is the most qualified person to become president and has the right temperament to become commander in chief. Just this month, I spoke at a rally on campus with Senator Tim Kaine about our shared determination to alleviate the crushing burden of student debt. I’ve also personally spoken with the Clinton Campaign’s education advisers and it is clear we share the values of an affordable, accessible, quality education for all.
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City of residence Dearborn
Age 58
Family Married. Wife Mary and three children.
Education University of Michigan-Dearborn, School of Business, BSA. Class of 1979
Vehicles owned Ford Explorer, Ford Fusion and Ford Escape. All American made cars in household.
Professional Experience Raymond James & Associates Senior Vice President, Investments Financial Advisor, WMS
Political Experience Republican party candidate for the University of Michigan Board of Regents, 2004. Unsuccessful , but received over 1.8 million votes. Treasurer of the MRP, 2006 to present.
Race/ethnicity European
I believe that the University of Michigan is financially out of reach for most Michigan families and will immediately propose a freeze in tuition like other Big 10 schools have done.

I will use my 30 plus years of experience in finance and board governance to make U of M affordable again while driving down the necessity of crippling student debt.

I will work to assure financial access to U of M for students from all socio-economic backgrounds. This will foster diversity and inclusion.

I have a great deal of respect for Regent Andrea Newman. She has been courageous in her advocacy of not raising tuition, while the Democratically controlled board has systematically raised tuition.

The first duty of a Regent for the University of Michigan is to uphold the US Constitution and exercise oversight of the institution for all citizens of Michigan. It is incumbent on the Regents to fiercely protect the reputation and mission of the University for all stakeholders.

Financial oversight and prudent budgeting is an important area where the Board has not exercised discipline. The budget has grown to a point where affordability of attending U of M is in question without wealth or student debt.

By far, the most important personal decision for the Board is the hiring of the University President. The President is the CEO and execute the directives of the board.
As a Regent at the University of Michigan my primary focus will be one of oversight, not micro-management. The Board hires the President and the President hires and retains senior administrators, such as the athletic director.

The Boards primary governance responsibility is to see that the President and administration execute their directives. In my experience as a board member for several institutions, it has not been my philosophy to circumvent senior management's direct communication with department leadership.

I will give the President and senior administrators the latitude to do their jobs, but always hold them accountable for results and achievement of predefined goals.
No, the Board, and my Democratic opponents, are not doing enough to present decision transparency in their governance structure. They have used loopholes in the open meeting act to cloak their decision discussions and debates in private.

If elected, I foresee a spirited debate when I propose a tuition freeze for Michigan undergraduate resident students. I want this debate to be open for all to see, and not played out in one of the Board's informal meetings.

As a Regent, I will advocate for the entire budget to be posted on line for all citizens, students, professors and administrators to examine. Also, all Board meetings will be posted and held as formal meetings.
As Chairman of the City of Dearborn’s Retirement system and former Chairman of the city’s Compensation Commission, I understand the delicate balance between open and closed meetings in complying to the Opens Meetings Act.

Drawing on significant board experience, I support the plaintiffs in the Free Press lawsuit against the University.

It’s ironic that the Board debates and conducts business in informal meetings, while limiting the public’s opportunity to observe this process. They suppress openness from the same citizens that they were elected to represent.

My Democratic opponents should foster transparency, instead of secrecy. They owe it to the citizens of Michigan.
The University of Michigan is an economic engine for the region and state of Michigan.

As a research institution, they have a responsibility to leverage their intellectual capital in an environment that fosters creative thought and discovery.

It is the research and discovery at the University that enables jobs and economic diversity to flourish. The University receives hundreds of millions of dollars for research. These funds are the lifeblood of job creation and economic diversity.

As a center for high technology, the University is also magnet for the best and brightest to come to our state and collaborate with other minds in exploration of thoughts and ideas.
The proliferation of sexual assaults on college campuses and at the University of Michigan is a tragedy, and represents failures on multiple fronts in our society. The University of Michigan and the Regents have not been completely transparent in addressing this serious issue.

The University needs to be more responsive and not have a repeat of the shocking and disastrous Brendan Gibbons case.

Jurisdiction, investigation and prosecution should proceed on dual tracks with the university and local police operating in their respective jurisdictions. The University needs to partner with the law enforcement in the local community to stem the tide sexual assaults.
The elimination sexual assaults on campuses needs a major initiative and embraced by all; the university, students, parents, organizations, the community, police and judicial system.

First, we need an open and honest dialogue with the admission that there is a serious problem and the commitment to solve it.

Parents and children need to have an open conversation about boundaries, acceptable behavior and consequences of actions.

Excessive alcohol use by students must be a part of the sexual assault conversation. Alcohol is out of control on college campuses. It is a common thread in many of these events and students, parents and the University needs to do more to curtail its use.
If elected, I will propose a freeze in tuition for undergraduate resident students. This can be done responsibly and will begin to address the student debt crisis.

We are at a breaking point, where without action, access to U of M will only be available to the wealthy. The high cost has stifled diversity and inclusion.

Other Big 10 Universities have frozen tuition. Why not U of M?

My Democratic opponents, Regents Deitch and Illich, have failed to lead on this issue. U of M is now one of the highest priced public universities in the country.

The University must commit to fiscal discipline, eliminate waste and redundancy, and develop alternative ways to fund the academic mission.
I believe that a diverse student body is absolutely essential to the learning experience at the University of Michigan.

I’m not satisfied with that diversity of the student body. More needs to be done with outreach and inclusion.

Socioeconomic diversity is challenged due to the high cost of attendance. The majority of incoming freshman come from high income families.

Underrepresented minorities have to rely on loans, grants and campus jobs that put them at a competitive disadvantage in the classroom.

Diversity of thought in the student body needs to reclaim balance. Political correctness with micro-aggressions and safe spaces now test free thought and expression.
The University of Michigan Ann Arbor campus is in the enviable position of having an overall graduation rate of over 90%, the Dearborn and Flint campuses are significantly lower at 52% and 36% respectively .

A student that drops out represents some level of failure and tragedy. With finances being a significant contributing factor for students leaving, it’s incumbent on the University to admit students that can shoulder the financial and academic responsibility.

Students that drop out with student debt is especially troubling and impact long-term employment prospects.

Exit interviews of departing students need to be evaluated to drive solutions for student retention.
The University plays a big role in helping the state keep college graduates in Michigan.

They must offer programs, curriculum and degrees in fields that complement the prevailing industries in the region and state. In Michigan, that is automotive, manufacturing, technology, agriculture and more.

With over 40% of the freshman class coming from outside of Michigan and internationally, it is much more difficult to retain them…they go home.

The answer is to admit more Michigan students. This will right a wrong where families are broken up when our best and brightest migrate to out of state schools due to the admission spots being given to out-state and international students.
The University of Michigan should be a leader in the next generation delivery of higher education. Instead thay have hung on the older modles that rely on expensive traditional classroom environments in grand buildings that have a donor’s name attached.

Digital delivery is the primary way that the University can arrest the high cost of tuition and text books.

The foundation has been laid with the internet and standardization of educational platforms.

Digital delivery of higher education challenges conventional thought. With students able to connect for lectures, research, questions and testing, how long will the University need large buildings or employ as many professors?
I am honored to of received the Republican nomination for the University of Michigan Board of Regents in the 2016 election.

The confidence that they have shown in me to fight for freezing tuition and putting Michigan families first for admission to the University of Michigan is something that I will never forget. I will work every day to win.

In addition, I will support the entire slate of candidates running for local, state and national offices in the upcoming election. Thank you.
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City of residence Ann Arbor
Age 71
Family Wife - Eileen Children - Marc, Elizabeth, Danny
Education Graduated with honors in 1966 from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. Also did post-graduate work at the University’s Business and Law Schools
Professional Experience n 1968 Ambassador Weiser founded McKinley Associates Inc., a national real estate investment company and served as its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer until 2001, and again upon return from Slovakia to the present. Ambassador to Slovakia from 2001-2004
Political Experience Chairman of the Michigan Republican Party - 2009-2011
Race/ethnicity Caucasian
Campaign Website http://www.ronforregent.com
I believe that I will bring a unique set of skills to the University of Michigan Board. As an alumnus and former student athlete, I understand the needs and concerns of students and alumni of the University. My experience as an entrepreneur and business owner has taught me a great deal about how to manage budgets and staff. My time as the US Ambassador to Slovakia taught me how to work with a large bureaucracy. This combination of skills has prepared me to deal with the major issues that the University will be dealing with over the next few years.
1) Budgeting – My experience in business has prepared me to lead the charge to find innovative ways to eliminate waste from the budget without sacrificing quality. Any money that is saved in the budget should be directed to reducing the costs for students. 2) Overseeing the operation of the University – The Regents should hire the right people to handle the operations of this University, set goals for them, give them the tools that they need to accomplish those goals and hold those people responsible if the goals are not met. 3) Focus on the mission – The Regents have the responsibility to insure that the University’s mission remains the focus of the faculty, staff and officers.
The Regents should not micromanage the University departments including the Athletic Department, but have the responsibility to point out to the officers any deviations from the University’s mission, strategies, and policies and request that they take appropriate action. Leadership is about hiring the right people, setting goals and ensuring that they have the tools to accomplish these goals.
The Board of Regents needs to be much more transparent. The University should hold all Board meetings in Michigan, publish accurate and timely records of the meetings and comply with the Open Meetings Act. They must also ensure that Freedom of Information Act requests are handled as quickly and accurately as possible.
The Board of Regents needs to be much more transparent. The University should hold all Board meetings in Michigan, publish accurate and timely records of the meetings and comply with the Open Meetings Act. They must also ensure that Freedom of Information Act requests are handled as quickly and accurately as possible.
The University must continue to be on the forefront of research and development. If we can continue to develop the technologies that will allow Michigan to thrive, our students will be able to stay here and be apart of Michigan's comeback.
The University must be a place where all students are safe to learn, study and grow as individuals. There should her absolutely no place for any type of sexual assault. Sexual assault is a criminal act and must be investigated and prosecuted by state for local law enforcement. The University must work closely with the proper authorities to ensure that all assaults are thoroughly investigated and that the perpetrators are caught.
The university must impose severe penalties on any student that commits sexual assault. Campus officials must work closely with law enforcement to investigate all allegation of sexual assault on campus. We need to strengthen organizations such as Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center (SAPAC). They are good resources when it comes to educating students about consent and removing the stigma about sexual assault.
The first step to controlling the cost of tuition is to trim the fat and waste in the University budget. Any large bureaucracy with a nearly $7 billion budget has room to make cuts. My experience as a business owner and Ambassador will allow me to look at the budget with a critical eye and find areas that can be trimmed, especially from administrative personnel and expenses.

The University must also increase opportunities at the Flint and Dearborn campuses. The same classes and programs should be offered at all campuses so that students who cannot afford to live in Ann Arbor have the same educational experience. This can be accomplished with expanded online learning.
Real diversity is a key part of the strength of the University. Students who are exposed to a wide variety of people, cultures and ideas will be better prepared to be the future leaders of our state and country. This cannot be done by artificial quotas and affirmative action however. True diversity can be accomplished by lowering costs to ensure that all deserving students can afford to attend the University and providing financial aid to those who come from disadvantaged backgrounds.
The University should offer a special program similar to the one recently adopted by MSU that will help those students whose background and/or high school training leave them unprepared for the challenges of a large university with a different environment than the one they come from.
Keeping Michigan graduates in Michigan should be a priority of the University. We cannot afford to squander these valuable assets whose education is partially paid for by taxpayers. The Regents should direct the administration to develop programs that would accomplish this goal including building and strengthening opportunities for internships and job placement with Michigan companies.
I believe that the University must utilize every possible tool that will allow students to receive a world-class education at an affordable price. It is not possible or advisable for every class to be based online, but whenever possible, online classes should be an option for students. The university is already accomplishing this in several of its schools and this should be expanded as rapidly as it can be effectively accomplished.
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