Photoshop Phriday: James Duderstadt
While the rest of the world talks about Star Wars today, I’m going to continue my long running and infrequent series on Presidents of the University of Michigan (learn more here about Presidents Angell, Fleming, and Coleman). James Duderstadt held the top position at Michigan from 1988 to 1996 and oversaw a period of growth and more concerted efforts to develop a diverse student body. Michigan’s presence in Ann Arbor expanded under Duderstadt with the construction of new facilities in engineering, medicine, and athletics, among others. His presidency followed a stint as Dean of the College of Engineering (’81-’86) and was twenty years after Duderstadt first arrived on campus as a Professor of nuclear Engineering.
Though it has been two decades since he was President, Duderstadt is still active at Michigan. He currently leads the Millennium Project research center and served on the National Commission on the Future of Higher Education. And get this, his office…is located in the Duderstadt Center (most on campus simply refer to it as ‘The Dude’)! Not many people who can come to work each day in a building named after them . In looking through Duderstadt’s recently published, “For the Love of Michigan” I was excited to learn that he was recruited (via telegram) to play football at Yale and was on the 1961 and ’62 teams. When working Duderstadt has been known to keep fresh bread on hand, like his favorite Lazy Sunday sandwich loaf (Photo credit Max Collins).