Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Monday, September 9, 2013

Regents invite community input on qualities needed in next U-M president

The Board of Regents and the Presidential Search Advisory Committee will host a series of public forums in the weeks ahead to gather broad input on the search for the next president of the University of Michigan.

Forums are scheduled for the Ann Arbor, Dearborn and Flint campuses during the weeks of Sept. 16 and Sept. 23.

"We want to hear from students, faculty, staff, alumni, community members and others as we begin the process of finding the 14th president of this great university," says Regent Laurence Deitch, spokesperson for the board on the presidential search. President Mary Sue Coleman has announced she will retire July 31, 2014.

During the sessions, search consultant Alison Ranney of Russell Reynolds Associates will offer a brief explanation of the search process. Those who attend will have the opportunity to offer responses to questions designed to gather input on the qualities participants hope to see in the next president.

Regent Kathy White, who is coordinating the forums on behalf of the board, says the on-campus sessions have been designed to provide direct input into the search process. "The forums have been scheduled at different locations, during different times of the day to allow for the broadest possible input," she explains.

Members of the Board of Regents and members of the Search Advisory Committee will attend all sessions. While some sessions are designed to include specific audiences, all are open to the public. Here is the schedule:

• Sept. 17, 3-4 p.m., Michigan Rooms C-D, University Center, UM-Flint campus. This session is primarily for the UM-Flint campus community.

• Sept. 17, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Auditorium, Biomedical Science Research Building, 109 Zina Pitcher Place. This session is primarily for faculty and staff on the Ann Arbor campus, including those who work in the U-M Health System.

• Sept. 26, noon-1 p.m., 100 Hutchins Hall, Law School. This session is primarily for faculty and staff on the Ann Arbor campus.

• Sept. 26, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Auditorium 3 (1200), Modern Languages Building. This session is specifically designed for students on the Ann Arbor campus.

• Sept. 27, 2-3 p.m., BorgWarner Auditorium, UM-Dearborn campus. This session is primarily for the UM-Dearborn campus community.

• Sept. 27, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Blau Auditorium, Ross School of Business. This session is primarily for the Ann Arbor community and public at large.

Those who are not able to attend one of the sessions will have an additional opportunity to respond by email through Sept. 30 at

More information about the search process, the official job description and periodic updates will be posted on the presidential search website.