Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Friday, April 19, 2013

President Mary Sue Coleman announced Thursday she would retire in July 2014 and that she and her husband would continue to live in Ann Arbor. (Photo by Scott C. Soderberg, Michigan Photography)

President Coleman announces her retirement in 2014
President Mary Sue Coleman, whose leadership of the university has expanded the institution's commitment to both academic collaborations and economic development, will retire in July 2014. Coleman said Thursday she would conclude her tenure as the 13th president of U-M when her current contract expires. She made the announcement at the monthly meeting of the Board of Regents, which will undertake the search for a new president.

Charles Munger pledges $110 million for graduate housing, fellowships
A $110 million gift of securities from investor and philanthropist Charles T. Munger will support his vision for a new state-of-the-art residence designed to foster a community where graduate students from multiple disciplines can live and exchange ideas. The gift is the largest single donation to U-M in its 196-year history.

Psychologist Susan Gelman appointed interim dean of LSA
Susan A. Gelman, the Heinz Werner Collegiate Professor of Psychology, has been appointed interim dean of LSA. Her appointment, approved Thursday by the Board of Regents, is effective Sept. 1 and runs through Aug. 31, 2014.

Regents approve student fee to support renovations at unions, rec sports
The Board of Regents has taken the first step in a several-year approach to renovating student unions and recreational sports facilities on the Ann Arbor campus with approval of a $65-per-student, per-term fee that will help fund those projects.
In other action at Thursday's regents meeting:
Phil Hanlon honored for decades of service as faculty member, provost
U-M to launch new master's degree in health professions education
Kenneth Nisbet appointed AVP for technology transfer
Regents set meeting schedule, vote on improvements
Swimming and diving, basketball teams honored

Race Card Project participants speak out in town hall at Rackham
National Public Radio journalist Michele Norris, whose Race Card Project encourages individuals to offer six words capturing their thoughts on race, expanded that conversation in a town hall meeting Thursday at Rackham Auditorium.

CRIME ALERT: Armed robbery
April 15, between 10-10:30 p.m., 2400 block of Hayward St. (North Campus near Beal Avenue).

The Michigan Difference

The Wolverine Patriot Project
Students from the School of Dentistry and a husband and wife who earned their dental degrees from U-M have joined forces to provide oral health care to disabled and homeless veterans in Gaylord. Their initiative is known as the Wolverine Patriot Project, and its origins can be traced to a second-year dental student, Jesse Edwards, who asked himself a simple question not so long ago, "How can I help those who have served this country?"