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Inspiration for the preparation of this volume came from reading two sections of Volume I of the four-volumes published in 1942 entitled, The University of Michigan-An Encyclopedic Survey. One section by E. Blythe Stason, Dean Emeritus of the University's Law School, is captioned "The Constitutional Status of the University of Michigan." The other section captioned "The Organization, Powers and Personnel of the Board of Regents" was prepared by the Dean and the late Wilfred B. Shaw, long connected with the University in important administrative capacities and intimately acquainted with its history.

The material here presented duplicates in part that contained in these two sections. It is intended to be more specific and, in some respects, it is much more expansive. Moreover, it speaks of developments since the year 1942 when the survey was published.

If occasionally it has value to those charged with administering the affairs of the University and educational institutions of similar constitutional posture, the efforts in publishing this volume will be well rewarded.

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