Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Friday, October 9, 2009

Coleman not aware of letter sent to lawmakers

University President Mary Sue Coleman said Thursday she was not aware that an organization she belongs to was sending a letter about the state budget situation to state legislators.

The letter, signed by Doug Rothwell, president of Business Leaders for Michigan, encourages legislators to adopt the budget agreement reached by leaders of the House and Senate. That agreement included the elimination of the Michigan Promise Scholarship for college students.

In her statement, Coleman said, “I belong to dozens of organizations where the membership isn’t always in full alignment on all issues, and this is no exception.

“The issues surrounding this year’s budget are very serious, and they will continue to be so next year and beyond.

“It is in the best interests of the state to look to the long term and focus on the highest priorities — including higher education — as we lay the groundwork for the future.”

Coleman is one of four state university presidents listed as members of Business Leaders for Michigan. Only Rothwell signed the Oct. 6 letter.