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Statement by President Schlissel and the Board of Regents on the passing of Douglass Diggs

We are all greatly saddened by the passing of Douglass Diggs. We will always remember and cherish Douglass’ support of the University of Michigan and especially our students. A warm and generous person, Douglass was a Detroit native and longtime business and civic leader who was passionate about creating opportunities for talented but underrepresented students. In particular, he and his wife, Regent Shauna Ryder Diggs, enthusiastically supported our Alumni Association’s LEAD Scholars program, including hosting a large reception at their home to raise scholarship funds. He was active in the U-M community, and the Michigan Family will miss him deeply. We extend our sympathies to Regent Diggs, their children, and their many family members and friends.
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The University is governed by the Board of Regents, which consists of eight members elected at large in biennial state-wide elections. The president of the University serves as an ex officio member of the board.

The Regents serve without compensation for overlapping terms of eight years. According to the Michigan Constitution of 1963, the Regents have “general supervision” of the institution and “the control and direction of all expenditures from the institution’s funds.”

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