Detroit News Columnist Daniel Howes and Michigan Radio are partners in weekly essays examining what's hot in Michigan business and politics – and what it all means. This week, Howes says Michigan's method for electing trustees to the governing boards of its flagship universities is badly in need of reform. Statewide balloting for at-large candidates injects too much partisanship and not enough relevant expertise into the boards. That needs to change, as the Larry Nassar sexual-abuse scandal at Michigan State demonstrates.

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