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Regents reappoint Coleman to second term

The Board of Regents voted June 16 to reappoint President Mary Sue Coleman to a second five-year term when her current contract expires July 31, 2007. The action came after a thorough review of her performance that included interviews with faculty, staff, students and other University stakeholders.

Coleman (Photo by Martin Vloet, U-M Photo Services)

“The results of our review were overwhelmingly positive,” said Martin S. Taylor, regent and chair of the Compensation, Personnel and Governance Committee of the board. “Being president of this great public university is a complex and difficult undertaking. President Coleman’s performance has been exemplary, and she has an established track record of outstanding accomplishments. We have been fortunate to have her leadership.”

In remarks to the board, Coleman said that her four years at U-M “have been the most satisfying in my entire professional life.”

“I have the best job in higher education. Period. The University of Michigan is just unparalleled,” she said.

“I’m really proud of the fact that we’ve moved forward even in the state of a troubled economy.”

“The Michigan faculty, students and staff are the greatest resource that we have, and one of my jobs is to provide the resources to let them do what they do so well. That’s why I am so committed to the Michigan Difference campaign. And that’s why I will continue to work so hard to make absolutely sure that they will have the tools for wonderful academic leadership, to have the learning opportunities, and for the staff to have the tools that they need to propel this institution forward.”

Coleman's new five-year contract contains similar provisions as her original contract, including a $500,000 retention bonus (vested annually) and $75,000 per year in deferred compensation. The regents will act later to set her salary for 2006-07. Her current annual salary is $501,458.

Coleman is recognized for her work to strengthen and enhance student residential life; build upon the interdisciplinary richness of U-M to offer more extensive team-teaching opportunities; explore the role of ethics in public life; and address challenges related to health care, in part by fostering a healthy work force.

Under her leadership: The Michigan Difference fund-raising campaign has achieved $2.1 billion of its $2.5 billion goal; the University has entered into a ground-breaking partnership with Google to digitize approximately 7 million volumes in its libraries; and institutional partnerships have been built with China with the goal of enhancing the University's global influence along with international opportunities for students and faculty.

She also has emphasized tech transfer, state economic development and partnerships with the region, including the new U-M Detroit Center. Over the past four years, the University's research expenditures have grown by nearly $100 million to $753 million per year, and tech transfer activity also has increased substantially, with 287 invention disclosures by U-M faculty, 86 licensing agreements with outside companies, and $16.7 million in revenue from University discoveries in FY2005.

Coleman has overseen major renovation and construction projects involving Weill Hall, School of Public Health, Biomedical Science Research Building, Ross School of Business, North Quad Residential and Academic Complex as well as plans to renovate Michigan Stadium.

Coleman led the affirmative action cases to a victory in the Supreme Court in 2003 and since then has invested considerable time in personal admissions recruiting and outreach visits. She also launched a major new commitment to financial aid in 2005 with the M-PACT program, which provides additional grants to approximately 3,000 Michigan undergraduates each year. Total student enrollment at the Ann Arbor campus has grown from 38,972 in fall 2002 to nearly 40,000 in fall 2005, with the majority of that growth in undergraduate enrollment.

Her leadership in higher education includes serving on the Association of American Universities executive committee, the Internet2 board of directors, the National Collegiate Athletic Association board of directors and the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics.

Elected to the Institute of Medicine in 1997, Coleman also is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She co-chaired a major policy study of the Institute of Medicine examining the consequences of uninsurance.

Coleman earned her undergraduate degree in chemistry from Grinnell College and her doctorate in biochemistry from the University of North Carolina. She holds honorary doctorates from Grinnell College, Luther College, the University of Kentucky, Albion College, Dartmouth College, Shanghai Jiao Tong University and Northeastern University.

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