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August 21, 2019

Mary Sue Coleman

September 29, 2015

AAU names Mary Sue Coleman as its next president

The Association of American Universities today announced the appointment of Mary Sue Coleman, former president of the University of Michigan, as its new president, effective June 1, 2016.

Coleman, a national leader on higher education and science issues, served as AAU chair in 2011-12.

June 26, 2014

Plaque honoring President Coleman to be unveiled in Union

President Mary Sue Coleman will be forever present at the Michigan Union after the Michigan Union Board of Representatives on Tuesday unveils a bronze plaque honoring her, and adds her portrait and service tribute to the display of U-M presidents. 

March 14, 2014

Campus gathers to celebrate the presidency of Mary Sue Coleman

President Mary Sue Coleman, who will retire July 1 after leading U-M for the past 12 years, was introduced by actor Jeff Daniels to a rousing reception from faculty, staff and students Friday at a campuswide celebration in her honor.

March 10, 2014

Others pay tribute to President Coleman

Among many extraordinary contributions, Mary Sue Coleman has deepened and broadened the university's relationship with the State of Michigan and the City of Detroit in ways that will benefit both the university and the people of Michigan for years to come.

March 10, 2014

Key initiatives: Sustainability

Building on the strong foundation laid by predecessors, President Mary Sue Coleman strengthened the university's commitment to sustainability by broadening U-M's approach to include education, research and operations under an initiative known as Planet Blue.

March 10, 2014

Speech highlights

There is a symbol from Ghana, known as the sankofa, which embodies a message relevant to us today. The sankofa is a bird that is moving forward, while its head is turned backward. The proverb associated with the symbolism of the bird is:

"Look to your roots, in order to reclaim your future."

March 10, 2014

Top accomplishments: Residential Life Initiatives

Living on campus, students form their early and lasting impressions of the university, experience diverse cultures and viewpoints, engage with faculty and staff outside the classroom, and meet lifelong friends.

March 10, 2014

Key initiatives: Research

Under President Mary Sue Coleman's leadership, U-M has seen a dramatic 77 percent growth in its annual research budget to more than $1.3 billion annually, greater than any other public university, and second among all universities.

March 10, 2014

Top accomplishments: North Campus Research Complex

When Pfizer announced it would close its research site in northeastern Ann Arbor in early 2007, the shock resonated throughout Michigan. When no private companies emerged to purchase the 174-acre, 30-building campus, the university stepped forward — and in June 2009 bought the site for $108 million. 


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