Photoshop Phriday: Robben Fleming
Having highlighted current U-M President Mark Schlissel and recently retired Mary Sue Coleman, today Photoshop Phriday turns back the clock a bit to examine Robben Fleming, the 9th President of the University of Michigan. Fleming oversaw the University administration from 1968-79 and again in 1988 as an interim leader between Presidents Shaprio and Duderstadt. There was no shortage of campus controversy during his tenure and Fleming became known for his openness and willingness to engage with the student body. His background in labor relations and calm demeanor were valuable assets in this regard and one of the chief reasons he was chosen for the job.
Fleming worked with the Black Action Movement and Students for a Democratic Society over concerns about minority student enrollment and on at least one occasion spent hours talking with students on his front lawn. In reading about Fleming’s administration I am impressed at his ability to balance the interests of students and the University during a chaotic era. Campuses in Dearborn and Flint also became four year institutions under his direction, dramatically increasing their enrollment. The Fleming Administration Building on central campus is named for Fleming and his wife, Sally, who are pictured here at a launch party for the new Bakers & Best website. Reports indicated that they particularly enjoyed the new recipe cards and clean front page design.