Mary Sue Coleman inaugurated U-M's 13th president
ANN ARBOR, Mich.Mary Sue Coleman was inaugurated as the 13th
president of the University of Michigan today (March 27) in ceremonies
at the Crisler Arena on the Ann Arbor campus.
Mary Sue Coleman
Coleman served as president of the University
of Iowa for seven years before becoming Michigan's president
on August 1, 2002. She is professor of biological chemistry in the
U-M Medical School and professor of chemistry in the College of
Literature, Science, and the Arts.
Coleman has served as provost and vice president
for academic affairs (1993-1995) at the University of New Mexico
and as vice chancellor for graduate studies and research (1992-1993)
and associate provost and dean of research (1990-1992) at the University
of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She served 19 years as a member
of the biochemistry faculty and as a Cancer Center administrator
at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, where her research focused
on the immune system and malignancies.
Coleman is a member of the National Academy of
Sciences' Institute of Medicine, a Fellow of the American
Association for the Advancement of Science and of the American Academy
of Arts and Sciences. She co-chairs the Institute of Medicine's
Committee on the Consequences of Uninsurance.
Her extensive leadership positions in higher education
include serving on the Association of American Universities (AAU)
executive committee, the American Council on Education (ACE) Board
of Directors, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)
Board of Directors, and the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate
Coleman also has served on the board of trustees
of Grinnell College, board of trustees of the Universities Research
Association, ACE Task Force on Teacher Education and Commission
on Minorities in Higher Education, Business-Higher Education Forum,
Imagining America Presidents' Council, AAU Task Force on Research
Accountability, NCAA Standards for Success Advisory Board, and Presidents
Leadership Group of the Higher Education Center for Alcohol and
Other Drug Prevention. She earned her bachelor's degree in
chemistry from Grinnell College and her doctorate in biochemistry
from the University of North Carolina. She did postdoctoral work
at North Carolina and at the University of Texas at Austin.
U-M Provost Paul N. Courant opened the ceremony
Thursday. The inauguration address, "We, all, sing America,"
was delivered by James S. Jackson, the Daniel Katz Distinguished
University Professor of Psychology, director of the U-M Center for
Afroamerican and African Studies, and director of the Research Center
for Group Dynamics and the Program for Research on Black Americans.
Laurence B. Deitch, chair of the executive committee,
U-M Board of Regents, conducted the formal installation of the president,
following which Coleman delivered the traditional President's
A gift was presented to President Coleman by a
delegation representing undergraduate and graduate students, faculty,
staff and alumni. They included Sara Boot, president of the Michigan
Student Assembly; Brien Hulsebus, president of the Rackham Student
Government (graduate); Anocha Cornell, plant department; Saul Green,
president of the Alumni Association; and Dr. Charles Koopman, Faculty
Senate chair and associate chair in the department of otorhinolaryngology.
Inauguration events also included an academic
symposium, "For a University of the World," moderated
by Michael Kennedy, vice provost for international affairs. Symposium
panelists were: Gary M. Olson, Paul M. Fitts Collegiate Professor
of Human Computer Interaction; C.K. Prahalad, the Harvey C. Fruehauf
Professor of Business Administration; William Rosenberg, the Alfred
G. Meyer Professor of History; and Amy Ku'uleialoha Stillman, associate
professor of music and American culture.
A public reception at the President's House
for the campus and community concluded the day's events.
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Contact: Joel Seguine
Phone: (734) 936-6396