President Mary Sue Coleman’s remarks regarding Mark Schlissel


I want to join in the tremendous enthusiasm about the naming of Mark Schlissel as the university’s 14th president. I’m thrilled they picked another biochemist!

I also want to thank the Presidential Search Committee and the faculty of the Search Advisory Committee for their thoughtful, diligent work.

Dr. Schlissel, welcome to a university unlike any other. You will find the Michigan community to be engaging, thoughtful, energetic and impassioned about making a difference.

More than any characteristic, it is a community of academic excellence.

Our students, faculty, staff and alumni have a profound affection for this institution, which I am certain you yourself will come to embrace.

President Mary Sue Coleman congratulates President-Elect Mark Schissel on his appointment. (Photo by Roger Hart, Michigan Photography)

When the university’s first president, Henry Philip Tappan, laid out his vision for Michigan, he described a “great center of intellectual activity, and a fountain of learning open to the whole populace.”

That vision has been realized again and again.

In addition to leading an exceptional university, you and your wife, Monica, are joining a remarkable community and state — both of which look to U-M for ideas, solutions and talent.

I have often said that being president of the University of Michigan is the best job in the country. I could not be more pleased to know that you, as the 14th president, will soon experience this firsthand.

Again, welcome and Go Blue.


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