Percy Bates ends his 20+ years as Faculty Representative to the Athletic Department. I am not clear on whether he will continue to maintain a seat on the Department's Advisory Board on Intercollegiate Athletics.
By outward appearances, this may be an ordinary, timely retirement. I have no information to suggest otherwise.
At the same time, Percy Bates is known to have friendly associations with EMU Regent and Three and Out figure Jim Stapleton (who is himself an active Michigan alum and a former Advisory Board Member with Bates), Lloyd Carr and Michael Rosenberg.
Here is Bates' retirement announcement at MGoBlue.com.
Our new Faculty Rep, Anne Curzan.