After yesterday's thread (http://mgoblog.com/mgoboard/ot-b1g-presidential-jinx ) about how a B1G institution has never produced an elected POTUS, I was curious to see whether Michigan actually found our own University Presidents from within our alumni ranks. I was pretty surprised to see that, not counting interim Presidents who served two years or less, we have to go bakc to Alexander Ruthven (1929-51) to find our last University President who attended Michigan, either as a undergraduate or graduate student.
In the 60+ years since Ruthven:
Harlan Hatcher (1951-67): BA, MA, PhD from Ohio State, additional graduate studies at Univeristy of Chicago
Robben Wright Fleming (1968-78): BA from Beloit College, LLB from Wisconsin-Madison
Harold Shapiro (1980-88): Lower Canada College (degree unknown), B.Comm from McGill University, PhD from Princeton
James Duderstadt (1988-96): BA from Yale, MA and PhD from Cal Tech
Lee Bollinger (1996-2002): BS from Oregon, JD from Columbia
Mary Sue Coleman (2002-Present): Grinnell College, North Carolina Chapel Hill ((Degrees in BioChem? Can't find her specific degrees on the interwebz)
There are a lot of great presidents with buildings named after them listed above, however we just don't seem to like our own....this actually bothers me a little more than the POTUS data because our regents have complete control over who gets hired. The best person should get the job, but is the best person never a Michigan graduate?