is full compliance with the Governing Regulations of this University and
with the standards of the Association of American Law Schools. The petition
was immediately duplicated and copies were mailed to the members of the
Board of Trustees that same afternoon.
Since the Board members had read the petition from the law professors
which gave in detail the grounds upon which they based their request as stated
above, President Singletary said he wished to respond to the various points
made in the petition. He outlined his own involvement in the search procedure
as follows: (1) the appointment of the Search Committee; (2) a conference
he had had with four of the six persons signing the petition; (3) his instructions
to the Search Committee at its first meeting; (4) the final recommendation
from the committee to him; (5) his offer of the position to Professor Lewis,
his acceptance and subsequent appointment; and (6) the receipt of the petition
now before the Board. Since his contact with the committee had consisted only
of the initial meeting and the final meeting, he asked that the three faculty
members on the committee describe for the Board members the procedures
which had been followed, particularly as they related to Dr. Lewis.
Professor Oberst, Chairman of the committee, explained the manner
in which names of possible candidates had been sought which included both
written and oral requests for suggestions from members of the Law faculty,
advertisements in the Chronicle for Higher Education and consultations with
knowledgeable persons in the law world. The committee identified five persons
with superior qualifications and Dr. Lewis was one of the five. They determined
his interest in the position and arranged for him to come to the campus for
meetings with faculty, students, and administrators.
Professor Campbell who made the plans for Professor Lewis' visit
reported that arrangements were made for at least two meetings with Professor
Lewis - one formal meeting, and one informal meeting.
Professor Matthews reviewed Dr. Lewis' excellent qualifications for
the position, indicated that there was significant faculty consultation and further
stated that the claims against the President were unfounded, in fact or other-
wise. He continued that, following Professor Lewis' visit, the committee
contacted the other four persons identified by the committee and found that
none of the four was interested. It then became the committee's responsibility
to decide whether to recommend Dr. Lewis to the President or start all over
again, which would probably mean that an acting dean would have to be appointed.
The committee decided to go to the President with the single recommendation
of Dr. Lewis who was eminently well qualified in the comnmittee's judgment.
President Singletary said that he wished to have read into the record
a letter, signed by 16 of the 25 members of the Law College faculty, endorsing
Dr. Lewis' appointment. The letter is included at the end of the Minutes.