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Regents chose Rebecca Cunningham on Monday over finalists Laura Bloomberg and James Holloway. All three have experience in higher education.
When regents meet Monday to select the next U president, they'll choose from three finalists with deep experience in different facets of higher education.
The accelerated studies are part of an effort to boost enrollment at the rural campus that has seen a drop in the number of students in recent years.
Cunningham, the vice president for research at the University of Michigan, is one of three finalists in the running for the U of M's top job.
Bloomberg, a U of M alumna and long-time employee, is one of three finalists for the top job.
James Holloway, one of three finalists for the U of M's top job, fielded questions from students and faculty in a public forum Wednesday afternoon.
The U.S. Department of Education announced last month that it would be sharing students' financial aid information with schools later than anticipated, giving students less time to compare competing offers.
Three candidates remain. The person chosen to lead the U of M will need to reverse declining enrollment, make tough budget decisions and help shape its medical programs.
More than 40 people applied for the chance to lead the state's flagship university as it faces budgets limitations and determines the future of its medical programs.
The U.S. Department of Education announced last week that it would be sharing students' financial information with schools later than expected, giving students less time to compare competing offers.