YPSILANTI - The reported choíc of Lt Gov. James H. Brickley as Eastern Michigan University's new president has resulted in a blast at the university's Board of Regents by the EMU chapter of the Amencan Association of University Professors. The new president was to be named tnis afternoon at a special meeting called by board chairman Edward McCormick Dr. Harold Sponberg resigned July 1 for 1965th reaSnS' He W3S president since "We have such a gutless Board of Regents," said AAUP President Fred Anderson, concerning the choosing of a new president with little input from the faculty. You don't think they are going to back down and do it the right way, do you? Of course, it's Brickley " Anderson criticized the method of choosing the regents, saying they should be elected like regents from the University of Michigan, Michigan State University and Wayne State University He called the selection of regents by ' the governor "patronage" and said they should je chosen by the people The ajípirent plaff to hire Brickley follows a private late-night meeting of the regents Tuesday when a majority reportedly agreed that Brickley was the best available leader to help full the school out of administrative and financial difficulties. The actions cap a seven-month search for a new president since Sponberg anhounced in March that he would resign. Although Brickley has long had the support of several EMU regents for the job, other board members plus some faculty members had saitf they preferred someone with a more traditional academie background. Brickley, 45, has never taught ' time, although he has been an instructor in government and political science at the University of Detroit and has taught several law courses at the recently opened Cooley Law School in Lansing. EMU regents and the school's presidential screening committee reportedly wanted Brickley because they feit his integrity and reputation are high and that he has an ability to work well with many persons and groups. In addition to being recommended by such GOP figures as U.S. Sen. Robert P. Griffin, Brickley also reportedly was recommended for the EMU post by Democratie Secretary of State Richard H. Austin and U.S. Sen. Philip A. Hart. Brickley, a native of Flint, earned bachelor of philosophy and law degrees from the University of Detroit and a master's degree in public and administrative law from New York University. He is a former FBI agent, U.S. district attorney, Detroit City Councilman, and assistant Wayne County prosecutor. He was elected lieutenant governor as Gov. William G. Milliken's running mate on the Republican ticket in 1970. Earlier this year he decided against running for re-election. Brickley will face several serious problems at EMU immediately. In addition to not having a president for several months, a number of other top administrators also have quit recently. Enrollment drops have worried university officials, and the admiriistration and board have been trying to negotiate the first contract with an officially designated I faculty bargaining unit.
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