Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Person inaugurated as seventh UM-Flint chancellor

Ruth Person, officially installed Friday as the seventh chancellor of UM-Flint, is the “ideal person to lead this campus,” President Mary Sue Coleman said during the inauguration ceremony.

“She is the ideal person … at a time when higher education must be the ideal for our community and our state. That is cause for today’s celebration, and the foundation for tomorrow’s promise,” Coleman said.

Regent Olivia Maynard, left, and President Mary Sue Coleman join Chancellor Ruth Person before she is inaugurated as the seventh leader of UM-Flint. Person, a U-M alumna, became chancellor in late August 2008. (Photo by Alisha Smith/UM-Flint)

Coleman and Regent Olivia Maynard joined more than a 125 UM-Flint faculty, presidents from other Flint area colleges and hundreds of community members at the ceremony held in the University Theatre.

Person’s multifaceted background embodies leadership, Coleman said.

“As a librarian, she advocates learning, discovery and generating new knowledge. As an administrator, she believes in collaboration, a skill that is critical to succeeding in today’s world. And as a university chancellor, she engages with her community, because an effective university is one that works arm in arm with its neighbors to move forward, together,” Coleman said.

During the ceremony, Maynard installed Person then presented her with the University Medallion.

Person, a U-M alumna, became chancellor in late August 2008. Prior to her appointment by the Board of Regents, she served as chancellor of Indiana University, Kokomo, since 1999. She replaced UM-Flint Chancellor Juan Mestas, who retired in July 2007.

After the ceremony, former UM-Flint Provost Renate McLaughlin played bagpipes while leading the participants back to the pavilion for a reception.