MGoBlog has a tremendously entertaining and informative guide to handicapping the race to replace Mary Sue Coleman as University of Michigan president. The article calls out the University of Virginia's Teresa Sullivan (ex UM provost), Oberlin's Marvin Krislov (ex UM general counsel), and Rutgers's Nancy Cantor (ex UM provost) as the top three picks.
Of the three Cantor seems to be least likely, since she just took a position at Rutgers in January 2014 having left Syracuse.
The field is a lot longer - MGoBlog gives current UM Athletic Director David Brandon a 350-1 chance at getting the nod. The commenters are even less enthusiastic:
Dave Brandon entering the presidency with zero academic administration experience, much less zero experience in the academy... Disaster. Dismantle the Diag, mothball the libraries, send everyone home.
So now we all sit back and wait. If there is going to be a a permanent President named to start by the fall, we should hear the name in the next few months. If I hear any names start to surface, I'll certainly tap out the fourth installment of the Diary.
MGoBlog refers to David Jesse's Freep article with more about how the search has been very secretive.