"The Board of Control is declining to appeal the Ingham County Circuit Court decision arising from the recent litigation with the Detroit Free Press.

"The Board of Control acted in good faith throughout the entire presidential selection process. It is worth emphasizing that Judge William Collette found that there had been a technical violation of last December's amendment to the state's Open Meetings Act. The amendment details the process to be used by public bodies in choosing chief executive officers.

"The Board has concluded that it is in the best interests of the University to focus on the work that lies ahead of us, and the leadership we look to from our new president, Dr. Judith Bailey."

(Editor's Note: On July 2 Judge Collette issued a final ruling in the suit brought by the Detroit Free Press, holding that Northern's Board of Control had committed a technical

violation of the Open Meetings Act by interviewing five presidential finalists in a closed session. While he could have imposed a fine of up to $500,000, Judge Collette set the fine at $1

and directed that the university pay the legal fees incurred by the newspaper. The deadline for appealing the ruling was today, July 23.)

Prepared By
Mike Clark