Mary Sue Coleman has served as the 13th president of the University of Michigan since August 2002. As president, she has unveiled several impactful initiatives, including the interdisciplinary richness of the university, student residential life, the economic vitality of the state and nation, global engagement, and the value of innovation and creativity.
Coleman is a recognized higher education leader at the national level. President Obama selected her as one of six university presidents to help launch the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership, a national effort bringing together industry, universities and the federal government. She was named co-chair of the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship in 2010. She has also been named one of the nation’s “10 best college presidents” by Time magazine.
Previously, she served as the president of the University of Iowa from 1995 to 2002.
Coleman has a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Grinnell College and a doctorate in biochemistry from the University of North Carolina.