The University Record, October 8, 2001

Accomplishments during Lee C. Bollinger’s Presidency


  • The U-M has experienced record numbers of applicants during Bollinger’s administration. This fall, 5,400 new first-year students were selected from more than 24,000 applicants. Each fall, Bollinger teaches a popular undergraduate political science class about the First Amendment and free speech.

  • Since his September 1997 inauguration, Bollinger has sponsored a 5K Fun Run for students and other members of the community. (The run was cancelled for the first time this year following the Sept. 11 terrorist attack.)

  • He also meets regularly with students, and on at least two occasions has opened his home to students: the first time following a U-M victory over Penn State in 1997 on the way to the Wolverines’ national football championship. More recently, on Sept. 16, he and his wife, Jean Magnano Bollinger, invited students to the President’s House to give students support and to bring a sense of normalcy to campus following the terrorist attacks.

  • This semester hundreds of students are enrolled in courses that are part of LS&A’s Detroit 300 Theme Semester, a project that celebrates and studies Detroit’s rich history. The special project includes some 50 classes and seminars, as well as tours, lectures, performances, exhibitions, and a film series.

  • Eighty-two percent of undergraduate students graduate within six years — the highest graduation rate in the state of Michigan.

    Fiscal Management

  • The U-M experienced unusually strong investment returns, placing the University in the top quartile of endowment portfolios for the five-year period ending June 30, 2001. This is based on a survey of 278 endowments by Cambridge Associates, a Boston-based investment adviser that specializes in higher education and other nonprofit institutions across the country.

  • As of June 30, 2001, U-M’s endowment was valued at $3.6 billion. Last year (the most recent for which comparisons are available) the University’s endowment, then at $3.5 billion, ranked 13th among endowments of higher education institutions and the fourth largest among public universities.

  • Moody’s Investors Service Inc. upgraded the U-M’s bond rating in 2000 to Aaa, its highest rating. Moody’s cited the University’s strong financial performance, fundraising efforts and a conservative debt strategy. Michigan is one of only two public universities in the nation to attain this rating.

    Life Sciences Initiative

  • Launched in 1999, the Life Sciences Initiative is a campuswide effort to coordinate and expand research and teaching in such rapidly advancing fields as genomics, chemical and structural biology, cognitive neuroscience, and bioinformatics.

    A new six-story Life Sciences Institute, the cornerstone of the Initiative, will serve as a hub for cross-disciplinary research and teaching in the life sciences. The U-M is spending $100 million to build the 230,000 square foot facility, which is scheduled to open in spring 2003. In addition, a $130 million endowment has been dedicated to start up the staffing and equipping of the institute. Its estimated annual operating budget will be $9.6 million.

    Two outstanding scientists — Jack Dixon, chair of the U-M Department of Biological Chemistry, and Scott Emr, professor of cellular and molecular medicine in the School of Medicine at the University of California, San Diego — have been appointed co-directors of the Life Sciences Institute.

    The other two major themes of the Initiative are education and social values. Through the Life Sciences, Values and Society Program, U-M faculty from a variety of disciplines are investigating and discussing the social implications of rapidly advancing knowledge in the life sciences. Public outreach and education will be part of this effort.

    New curricula in the life sciences that stress interdisciplinary teaching and learning also is being created at the undergraduate level, and new teaching facilities are being built to accommodate these courses.

    The Initiative and Institute complement a broader statewide effort that Bollinger was instrumental in organizing — the Life Sciences Corridor. The state has pledged 20 years of support from its share of the National Tobacco Settlement to develop new technologies in the life sciences and encourage new collaborations. The money will promote interconnections and collaborative work that build on the research strengths of the U-M, Michigan State University, Wayne State University and the Van Andel Institute, a nonprofit medical research center in Grand Rapids.

    Major Construction

  • The Palmer Drive Development consists of five buildings: Life Sciences Institute, Science Instruction Center, Commons Building, Walgreen Drama Center and the Palmer Drive Parking Structure.

  • The Life Sciences Institute provides “wet” research laboratory and support spaces, core laboratory areas, offices, interaction spaces, a combination gallery/lobby space and a small library.

  • The Science Instruction Center Building houses teaching and research for a variety of science programs. The four-story building also may house program space for the Department of Theatre and Drama.

  • The Commons Building provides academic space and dining facilities, along with retail and conference space. The building will be 99,000 square feet.

  • The Walgreen Drama Center houses the 450-seat Arthur Miller

    Theatre plus a student repertory theater with 175 seats. The drama center will be built adjacent to the existing Power Center for the Performing Arts.

  • The Palmer Drive Parking Structure is expected to provide 1,000 parking spaces beneath the Science Instruction Center and a public plaza.

  • The Biomedical Science Research Building is a $220 million research facility that is part of the Life Sciences Initiative. Its approximately 470,000 square foot space will house Medical School faculty and scientists in a flexible environment that will foster collaborations and intellectual innovation.

  • Mason/Haven halls renovation and addition. First complete building renovation to a core campus building in decades. Involves a transformation of Haven Hall by providing an eight-story addition between Haven and Mason halls, re-bricking Haven’s exterior and renovation of interior spaces in both buildings.

  • Rackham Building renovation. Extensive exterior renovations and infrastructure, systems and data line improvements in the interior, except for the renowned auditorium, which needs to be open when Hill closes.

  • Hill Auditorium renovation. This project will replace most of the plumbing, heating, ventilation and electrical distribution systems, as well as provide air conditioning for the 88-year-old building. A sprinkler system will be added to meet modern fire codes. Lobbies, stairways, restrooms and all exterior elements of the building will be renovated, as will the backstage support spaces. The project is expected to take 18 months and will begin May 13, 2002. The projected cost is $35.5 million.

  • Institute of Science and Technology (IST) High Bay Building addition. This College of Engineering project consists of a 30,000 square foot addition as well as renovation work. The addition will provide laboratory and office space for the Department of Biomedical Engineering and the Center for Ultrafast Optical Science and research space for the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. Construction is expected to be complete in May 2002.

  • Perry Building addition and renovation. Construction is expected to be completed in spring 2002.

  • Forest Street Parking Structure. A unique joint venture with the City of Ann Arbor that provided a larger re-built city parking structure that serves the South University business district and the eastern edge of campus. Opened in July 2001.


  • The University has experienced steady growth in fundraising during Bollinger’s administration and since 1997, has raised $963,184,715 from individual and corporate donors. In three of those four years, Michigan raised more money from alumni than any other public university.

  • In FY 2001, the University received $218,114,224 in gifts, surpassing for the second year in a row the $200 million mark in fundraising. This compares with $157,947,710 in gifts received in FY 1997.

  • Bollinger played a major role in naming the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy in November 1999. He also assisted in raising more than $12 million in gifts toward the School’s $30 million endowment goal. Gifts to the Ford School of Public Policy include $3 million from an anonymous donor to establish a Life Sciences Policy Center, as well as leadership gifts from The Annenberg Foundation, J. Ira and Nicki Harris, and the Harry A. and Margaret D. Towsley Foundation.


  • U-M research expenditures — more than $545 million in fiscal year 2000 — are the highest among public universities in the United States.

    The total value of new multi-year research awards (funds to be spent over many years) increased from $435 million in 1997 to $654 million in 2000.

    In fiscal 2000, U-M faculty and staff disclosed 168 new inventions, filed 115 patent applications and had 69 patents issued. The University licensed 48 technologies to companies, including eight new start-ups. During the past 14 years, more than 60 companies have been launched using technology licensed from U-M laboratories.

  • The U-M Health System received a $33.6 million grant — one of the largest of its kind in the nation — from the National Institutes of Health in March 2001 to fund its General Clinical Research Center for five more years. This is the largest grant in the U-M center’s 38-year history.

    Defense of Affirmative Action

  • Bollinger has been an ardent and eloquent defender of affirmative action. In fall 1997, two affirmative action admissions lawsuits were filed against the University. Bollinger has been the motivating force behind what has become higher education’s most comprehensive defense of affirmative action. He has marshaled considerable resources to defend U-M’s admissions policies and has garnered widespread support, internally and externally.

    In May and June 2001, 142 individuals, corporations and professional associations stepped forward to file legal briefs in support of the U-M appeals. Oral arguments of both appeals will be heard by the Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit Oct. 23.

    Other Initiatives

  • Commitment to the Arts

    Worked to strengthen the experience of the arts on campus, complementing the efforts of the University Musical Society and the School of Music. The Walgreen Drama Center is an outgrowth of that commitment.

    Year of the Arts and Humanities (YoHA)

    Bollinger was a strong supporter of the U-M’s Year of the Arts and Humanities, which was launched by the Office of the Vice President for Research as part of his September 1997 inauguration. In addition to celebrating the University’s achievements in the arts and humanities, YoHA encouraged experimentation with new kinds of artistic expression and fostered collaborations involving the U-M and public and community partners. The year-long celebration closed with a speech by Hillary Rodham Clinton, in which she called upon the U-M audience to make room for the arts and humanities—essential ingredients to fuel the human imagination. “There is very little space left for culture, culture that is essential to human imagination,” she said.

    The Arts of Citizenship Program and Imagining America grew out of YoHA.

    Arts of Citizenship Program

    The Arts of Citizenship has worked to build bridges between the University and the larger community through experimental teaching and practice-based learning, interdisciplinary research, interaction with guest artists, and projects with community partners. A recent highlight was its Underground Railroad History Project, a partnership with the African American Cultural and Historical Museum of Washtenaw County.

    Imagining America

    Imagining America is a national effort to connect universities and the communities they serve through the arts and the humanities. Imagining America supports campus-community projects and seeks structural changes within colleges and universities that promote and reward new levels of engagement by artists and scholars. Bollinger chairs the Imagining America Presidents Council, a leadership group of 19 university and college presidents who advocate for this program.

    Partnership with the Royal Shakespeare Company

    The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) performed three cycles of Shakespeare’s history plays in March 2001 to enthusiastic audiences at the Power Center for the Performing Arts. In the four plays —Henry VI, Parts I, II and III and Richard III— 30 actors appeared in more than 100 roles and wore 200 costumes. The new productions were staged exclusively in the U.S. at Ann Arbor. More than 18,000 tickets were sold and theater fans flocked to Ann Arbor from 30 states and five countries.

    In addition, nearly 15,000 people attended more than 75 educational events, including 40 that were free and open to the public. RSC actors and production crew members worked with K-12 students in Ann Arbor, Detroit and Ypsilanti; visited classes and conducted workshops at community colleges, Eastern Michigan University and Wayne State University; and led acting workshops for young people through Detroit’s Mosaic Youth Theater, as well as for professional actors at Ann Arbor’s Performance Network.

    More than 225 students enrolled in the course “Staging History: Shakespeare on Legitimacy and Rebellion,” coordinated by English Prof. Ralph G. Williams. The lectures were open to the public. This is the RSC’s first partnership with an American public university and the first of several projects in the initial five-year collaboration among the U-M, the University Musical Society and the RSC. The RSC is scheduled to return to Ann Arbor in 2003 and 2005.

  • President’s Information Revolution Commission

    Bollinger appointed the President’s Information Revolution Commission to examine the University’s relationship to information and communication technologies. In a report issued in April 2001, the Commission calls for creating a “living laboratory” in which all members of the U-M community can use, experiment with and study new technologies. The Commission calls for dramatically upgrading infrastructure over the next five years, implementing an “across-the-curriculum” approach to educate students for life in an information technology-intensive world, developing a strongly interdisciplinary approach to information technology research and experimenting aggressively in online learning. More than 1,200 instructors use UM.CourseTools, a powerful means for creating course Web sites that allow online assignments, discussions and dissemination of course materials.

  • Commission on the Undergraduate Experience

    Bollinger appointed the Commission on the Undergraduate Experience in May 2000 to examine how undergraduates are engaged at the U-M. The Commission’s report is expected to be released this fall. In an e-mail Bollinger sent to the campus community in September, he said that the Commission’s deliberations have produced some excellent recommendations about ways to improve undergraduate education.

  • Online learning

    In November 2001, the University will launch its first e-course on, an online source of knowledge developed from a consortium of leading cultural and educational institutions (e.g., Columbia University, University of Chicago, The New York Public Library, The British Museum, and London School of Economics and Political Science). English Prof. Ralph Williams will teach “The Shakespeare You Never Knew: The First History Plays,” which will draw on the Royal Shakespeare Company’s March 2001 residency, as well as feature artifacts from the University Library’s Shakespeare Collection. Other faculty are sharing their expertise on Fathom through brief feature stories, seminars and additional e-courses now in development. The U-M joined Fathom in late 2000 as part of its commitment to explore the most effective ways to use information technology to reach wider audiences. Many colleges and departments of the University are engaged in online education and outreach in some form.

  • Globalization

    Strengthened the International Institute by elevating its profile within the University and by supporting such events as the “Globalization’s Intellectual Challenge” symposium featuring Czech President V·clav Havel in 2000 and “Communism’s Negotiated Collapse: The Polish Round Table of 1989, Ten Years Later” which, in 1999, brought together more than two dozen Polish politicians, scholars, religious leaders and journalists to re-create the atmosphere of the Polish Round Table talks — the historic negotiations that brought an end to communism in Poland.

    More recently, former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright joined the Business School’s William Davidson Institute as its first distinguished scholar. Albright, the highest-ranking woman in U.S. government history, is interacting with students, faculty and administrators in seminars and workshops.

    Environmental Stewardship

  • Michigan is committed to and is a leader in sustainability efforts. It has initiatives and programs going on in almost every area of the University, including recycling, energy conservation, building design, pollution prevention, emissions reduction, alternative-fuel vehicles and storm water management. Here are a few examples:

  • U-M has the largest active alternative-fuel vehicle fleet of any organization in the country. All U-M buses use bio-diesel fuel, and there are 240 other vehicles that use ethanol instead of gasoline.

  • The U-M actively engages in recycling. A prime example is the Move Out Program, which reclaimed two tons of dormitory discards last year.

  • U-M participates in the Environmental Protection Agency Energy Star and Green Lights programs for energy-efficient building systems. Combined, these programs save 25 million kilowatt hours annually, enough energy to power 3,000 homes for a year.


  • Playwright Arthur Miller celebrated his 85th birthday and recalled his days as a Michigan student at an international symposium in his honor Oct. 26-27, 2000.

  • Vaclav Havel, president of the Czech Republic, received an honorary degree Sept. 5, 2000.

  • Former President Gerald R. Ford and Betty Ford attended the Sept. 12, 2000, dedication of the Ford School of Public Policy with Henry Kissinger delivering the keynote address.


  • The U-M took 4th place in the 2000-2001 Sears’ Directors’ Cup competition for NCAA Division I schools. The competition, held annually by Sears Roebuck and Co. and the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics, recognizes the best overall collegiate programs in the country.

  • Jan. 1, 1998, the Wolverine football team won the Rose Bowl over Washington State University and was named national champion in the Associated Press Top 25 poll, resulting in the University’s first national football championship in 50 years and the Big Ten’s first such title since 1968.

  • In 1998, 5,500 seats were added to Michigan Stadium, making it once again the largest stadium in the country with about 108,000 seats. The $14 million renovation included expanded seating, additional restrooms, new video scoreboards, a high-tech video production facility, and 60 television monitors installed around the concourse and at concession stands.

    Honors and Awards, Personal and Institutional

  • Bollinger received the 2001 Excellence in Education award September 2001 from the National Association for College Admission Counseling. He was cited for his unwavering support of affirmative action and his eloquent articulation of the value—and importance—of diversity on the nation’s college and university campuses.”

  • Bollinger will receive the Herbert W. Nickens, M.D., Award from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) in November. The award is given to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to promoting justice in medical education and health care. Bollinger will receive a $10,000 award and will give the Nickens Memorial Lecture at the AAMC annual meeting in Washington, D.C.

  • Trustee of the Kresge Foundation, May 2001-present.

  • Board of Directors, Royal Shakespeare Company America, May 2000-present.

  • Trustee, Gerald R. Ford Foundation, April 2000-present.

  • Honorary Fellow, Clare Hall, Cambridge University, November 1999-present.

  • LL.D (hon.) Westminster College, Fulton, Missouri, May 1998.

  • Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, elected 1992.

  • The U-M was one of 16 colleges and universities recognized by the Association of American Colleges and Universities for visionary campus-wide innovations in undergraduate education in December 2000.