The University of Michigan Board of Regents abolished age limits for top administrators on Thursday, saying that the decision was not "about any individual whatsoever."
A university bylaw called for the president and executive officers to retire during the fiscal year they turned 70.
The university's legal office asked the regents to abolish the rule at their monthly meeting on Thursday, claiming the rule constitutes age discrimination and is in violation of Michigan's Elliott Larsen Civil Rights Act.
The change passed unanimously by the regents.
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