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Coleman inauguration set for March 27

Mary Sue Coleman will be inaugurated as the 13th president of U-M in ceremonies to take place March 27 in Crisler Arena. The academic procession will begin at 9:45 a.m., and the installation will occur at 10 a.m.
Photo by Marcia Ledford, U-M Photo Services)

"President Coleman's inauguration will be open to the entire campus community," inauguration chairperson Chacona Johnson says. "We have chosen to hold the ceremony in the Crisler Arena expressly in order to make it possible to invite everyone—faculty, students and staff—to attend this historic moment in the life of the University."

An academic symposium is scheduled to follow the inaugural ceremony from 2:30–4 p.m. in the Power Center.

Inauguration day activities will conclude with a campuswide reception from 4:30–6:30 p.m. in the President's House, 815 S. University Ave. All are invited.

Seating for the ceremony is open; tickets are not required.


Mary Sue Coleman became the 13th president of the University July 1, 2002.

Formerly president of the University of Iowa (1995-2002), Coleman was elected to the National Academy of Sciences' Institute of Medicine in 1997, and is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She co-chairs the Institute of Medicine's Committee on the Consequences of Uninsurance.

Coleman serves on the Association of American Universities (AAU) executive committee, the American Council on Education board of directors, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) board of directors and the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics. She has been appointed to the boards of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and the Michigan Life Sciences Corridor.

At U-M, she holds appointments as professor of biological chemistry in the Medical School and professor of chemistry in LSA.

Coleman earned her bachelor's degree in chemistry from Grinnell College and her doctorate in biochemistry from the University of North Carolina. She did postdoctoral work at North Carolina and at the University of Texas at Austin.

She is married to Kenneth Coleman, a political scientist specializing in Latin America. Their son, Jonathan, is a portfolio manager in Denver.

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