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Posted on Mon, Feb 6, 2012 : 11:33 a.m.

Two University of Michigan regents won't seek re-election

By Kellie Woodhouse

Sixteen-year University of Michigan Board of Regents veterans S. Martin Taylor (D-Grosse Pointe Farms) and Olivia Maynard (D- Goodrich) will not be seeking re-election in November, The Michigan Daily reports.


John Cherry at a Jan. 28 Washtenaw County forum.

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That means two spots on U-M's eight-seat governing board and decision-making body are up for grabs. Although Taylor and Maynard aren't seeking another eight-year term, they've both got opinions on who should replace them.

According to the Daily, Taylor, a retired DTE Energy executive, is endorsing fellow Grosse Pointe Democrat Shauna Diggs, a dermatologist, and Maynard, current Michigan Prospect president, is endorsing former Michigan Lt. Gov. John Cherry.

Other contenders include Democrat Mark Bernstein, a lawyer, and Republicans Ronald Weiser, founder of McKinley Real Estate Management, Rob Steele, a physician and unsuccessful 2010 congressional candidate, and Dan Horning, a former regent who served from 1994 to 2002.

Read the full Daily article here.



Tue, Feb 7, 2012 : 2:41 p.m.

The regents are supposed to be guiding the U in a fasion that honors policy. The policy that states that the U will support the local community and business' is being ignored. If you think I'm wrong just ask local biz whether any procedure's have been put in place lately that EXCLUDE them from doing business with the UM.... Shocking. Whether you underdstand it or or not, we all send some portion of our tax dollars to the UM, what would you say it is that you get back in return?


Tue, Feb 7, 2012 : 4:21 p.m.

How about 40,000+ students who obtain housing, and then eat, entertain, and socialize locally here due to UM. Do you think they spend any money mony locally? This is th most "fun" post I've seen, but I will stop here.


Tue, Feb 7, 2012 : 4:18 p.m.

How about Athletics Spanky? That program brings in hundreds of thousands of visitors to AA each year. Do you think they spend any $ locally ?


Tue, Feb 7, 2012 : 4:15 p.m.

How about employment? They are the largest employer in the county, larger than the next 24 employers combined. Where do you suppose those dollars flow to ?


Mon, Feb 6, 2012 : 11:39 p.m.

If you love Michigan football, then get rid of Denise Ilytch!


Mon, Feb 6, 2012 : 10:34 p.m.

Good riddance! Never vote for an incumbent regent again until they live up to their promises to control tuition and budgets. The problem with most of these candidates is that they just want to join the country club and they will not truely reform the way the UM is run. If you want true reform visit <a href="" rel='nofollow'></a>


Mon, Feb 6, 2012 : 9:57 p.m.

Martin Taylor, married to federal court Judge Anna Diggs Taylor, has apparently chosen a family member to take his spot. Not good in my book.


Mon, Feb 6, 2012 : 9:24 p.m.

Let's hope Lt. Gov. Cherry and Mark Bernstein bring their tremendous experience and skill set to UM's Board of Regents !

Bertha Venation

Mon, Feb 6, 2012 : 5:09 p.m.

Good. They should ALL be replaced!


Mon, Feb 6, 2012 : 5:03 p.m.

support any conservative....bring Higher Education back too UM.....delete liberal indoctrination.....


Mon, Feb 6, 2012 : 4:50 p.m.

Ron Weiser should be elected to the Board of Regents. If there is one person who has turned around this state it has been Mr. Weiser. He was the prime backer of Rick Snyder for governor and gave invaluable assistance to Mark Ouimet to become State Representative. We should appreciate the selfless public service of Ambassador Weiser.