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Mestas resigns as U-M-Flint chancellor

Chancellor Juan Mestas has resigned from the top U-M-Flint position, effective July 16, President Mary Sue Coleman announced last week in a note to members of the campus.

(Photo courtesy U-M Flint)

Mestas has been on medical leave since January to recuperate from a stroke, and although he has fully recovered, he has decided to step down to pursue personal and academic interests, Coleman wrote. Mestas will take a sabbatical and return in spring 2008 as Chancellor Emeritus and special advisor to the chancellor and provost, pending approval by the Board of Regents.

“Chancellor Mestas has been a superb leader of the Flint campus, and an outstanding officer of the University of Michigan. The University is deeply grateful to him,” Coleman wrote.

The president praised Mestas for creating several firsts for the campus: a doctoral program, the Women’s Educational Center and a residence hall (currently under construction). She also commended him for leading the campus through difficult budget periods, increasing enrollment and broadening the service area of the community. Mestas also oversaw completion of the William S. White Building, a four-story structure that houses departmental offices; an Urban Health and Wellness Center, providing services to local residents and educational opportunities for students; and an Early Childhood Development Center.

“Under his leadership, student access to the University increased. His warmth and genuine kindness fostered a strong sense of community on campus and helped to create a more student-centered university.

“The quality of research and education at U-M-Flint has never been better, and the potential for U-M-Flint has never been greater. Chancellor Juan Mestas’ impact on U-M-Flint and on the University has been transformative, and the legacy he leaves is great; I know that he will be greatly missed as chancellor.”

Jack Kay, who has been serving as acting chancellor during Mestas’ leave, will continue in that role until a new chancellor is identified, Coleman says. She will name an advisory committee to begin a national search in the fall.

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