University of Michigan Regent
Andrea Fischer Newman
Andrea Fischer Newman
Andrea "Andi" Fischer Newman is a current University of Michigan regent who is running for a fourth eight-year term. She is a retired senior vice president for government affairs at Delta Air Lines. Fischer Newman and Andrew Richner – both incumbents – are the two University of Michigan regent candidates nominated by the Michigan Republican Party at its August convention. They are among the eight candidates for two seats on the Board of Regents.
Fischer Newman was elected to her first eight-year term as UM regent in 1994. She was subsequently re-elected in 2002 and 2010. During her tenure she has served as chair and vice chair.
This year, Newman was the only regent to vote against raising tuition for UM students. In 2017, she and her husband, Frank Newman, donated $1 million to UM's Department of Theater and Drama.
In 2017 she was appointed by President Donald Trump to the Federal Service Impasses Panel, for a term expiring in January 2022. The group resolves labor disputes when bargaining stalls between a federal agency and a union representing federal workers after mediation.
Fischer Newman began working for Northwest Airlines – later acquired by Delta – in 1995. Before that she was a senior partner at the Detroit law firm of Miller, Canfield, Paddock, and Stone.
Fischer Newman was finance director for John Engler’s successful run for governor in 1990 and co-chaired his finance committees in 1994 and 1998. She was co-chair of the Michigan GOP from 1992-1994 and was a Michigan co-chair for George W. Bush’s presidential campaign in 2000 and 2004. She had previously served as deputy assistant to then-Vice President George H. W. Bush during President Ronald Reagan's administration.
Fischer Newman has an undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and a law degree from the George Washington University National Law Center.
Fischer Newman is married to Frank Newman, retired CEO of The Stow Company. They own a condo at 101 North Main in downtown Ann Arbor.
Mary Lukens of Ann Arbor is serving as Fischer Newman's campaign treasurer.
Andrea Fischer Newman: In The News
Candidate Info: Andrea Fischer Newman – WEMU, Oct. 29, 2018
University of Michigan regents candidates propose ethics and transparency changes – Michigan Radio, Oct. 16, 2018
U-M board candidates pledge ethics reforms, more open university oversight – Detroit Free Press, Oct. 16, 2018
Regent candidates discuss academic freedom, tuition costs, Israel letter controversy at forum – Michigan Daily, Oct. 16, 2018
Candidates for UM Board of Regents talk tuition, academic freedom – MLive, Oct. 16, 2018
Experts, Regents weigh in on Regent election process – Michigan Daily, Oct. 11, 2018
UM professor in Israel flap seeks 'respect' as furor grows – Detroit News, Sept. 20, 2018
Op-Ed by Andrea Fischer Newman: Gotcha journalism mars public service – Michigan Daily, Sept. 18, 2018
Why this U-M regent just returned thousands in campaign donations – Detroit Free Press, Sept. 13, 2018
Clement criticized for redistricting decision, still earns Supreme Court nomination – MLive, Aug. 25, 2018
University of Michigan hikes tuition 2.9 percent for in-state students – MLive, June 21, 2018
University of Michigan lecturers hold off on strike for now – Detroit Free Press, April 8, 2018
University Regents discuss CC Little and Winchell House renaming, LEO negotiations and building projects – Michigan Daily, March 29, 2018
College Republicans host “Women in Politics” panel – Michigan Daily, March 14, 2018
6 University of Michigan regents 'united against hate' over Richard Spencer – MLive, Dec. 13, 2017
BDS Resolution Passes at U-M – Jewish News, Nov. 15, 2017
University of Michigan's need to grow political diversity faces challenges – Detroit Free Press, Oct. 11, 2017
Trump names two Michiganians to labor panel – Detroit News, July 21, 2017
Regents increase tuition and unveil program for free in-state tuition in approved budget – Michigan Daily, June 15, 2017
How This Retiring Delta Lobbyist Helped Fight for the Airline Industry's Survival – The Street, Feb. 14, 2017
Andrea Fischer Newman, Delta's top lobbyist, to retire this summer – Crain’s Detroit Business, Jan. 18, 2017
U-M's music, theatre and dance school gets $1 million from U-M regent – MLive, Jan. 13, 2017
UM prof’s ‘I hate Republicans’ column sparks backlash – Detroit News, Dec. 17, 2014
Republican incumbent regents Newman and Richner win re-election – Michigan Daily, Nov. 2, 2010