Mark Schlissel

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Mark Schlissel
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Mark Schlissel
14th President of the University of Michigan
Assumed office
July 1, 2014
Preceded by Mary Sue Coleman
Personal details
Born (1957-11-24) November 24, 1957 (age 60)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Spouse(s) Monica Schwebs
Alma mater Princeton University
Johns Hopkins University
Website Office of the President of the University of Michigan

Mark S. Schlissel (born November 24, 1957) is the president of the University of Michigan.[1] He was named the 14th president of the university on July 1, 2014, following the retirement of Mary Sue Coleman.[2][3] His initial contract with the University of Michigan lasts five years, expiring in 2019.[4] In addition to his presidency, he holds a professorship of microbiology and immunology and a professorship of internal medicine within the University of Michigan Health System as well as a professorship of molecular, cellular, and developmental biology in the University of Michigan College of Literature, Science, and the Arts.


Schlissel was born in Brooklyn, New York.[4] He graduated with a BA in Biochemical Sciences from Princeton University in 1979. He earned his MD degree and a PhD in Physiological Chemistry from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in 1986 through the Medical Scientist Training Program. His residency in Internal Medicine was conducted at the Johns Hopkins Hospital from 1986-88. His postdoctoral research fellowship was under David Baltimore at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Whitehead Institute.[1]

Schlissel became a faculty member at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in 1991. He moved to the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology at UC Berkeley in 1999 as an associate professor, becoming a full professor in 2002.[1] At UC Berkeley he served as Dean of Biological Sciences in the College of Letters & Science from 2008 to 2011. In 2011 he became provost at Brown University.[3]

The beginning of his career as president of the University of Michigan has involved controversy surrounding the athletics department[5] and a federal investigation into the Brendan Gibbons sexual assault case.[6]

Schlissel is married to Monica Schwebs, an environmental and energy lawyer, and has four adult children.[3]


  1. ^ a b c Jesse, David (2013-01-24). "Mark Schlissel, provost at Brown University, named new U-M president". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved 24 January 2014.
  2. ^ "Schlissel named U. Michigan president". Brown Daily Herald. January 24, 2014. Retrieved January 24, 2014.
  3. ^ a b c Biolchini, Amy (January 24, 2014). "Meet Mark Schlissel: 10 things to know about University of Michigan's next president". MLive. Retrieved January 24, 2014.
  4. ^ a b Pinho, Kirk (January 24, 2014). "New UM President Schlissel 'amazingly honored' to be chosen as Coleman's successor". Crain's Detroit Business. Retrieved January 24, 2014.
  5. ^ "Schlissel may be ill-prepared for Michigan football crisis". September 30, 2014. Retrieved April 30, 2017.
  6. ^ "55 colleges under Title IX probe for handling of sexual violence and harassment claims". May 1, 2014. Retrieved April 30, 2017.
Academic offices
Preceded by
Mary Sue Coleman
14th President of the University of Michigan