Mary Sue Coleman

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Mary Sue Coleman
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13th President of the University of Michigan
In office
August 1, 2002 – July 30, 2014
Preceded by Lee Bollinger
Succeeded by Mark Schlissel
18th President of the University of Iowa
In office
Preceded by Hunter R. Rawlings III
Succeeded by David J. Skorton
Personal details
Born (1943-10-02) October 2, 1943 (age 73)[1]
Spouse(s) Ken Coleman
Residence Ann Arbor, Michigan
Alma mater Grinnell College
University of North Carolina
Profession Professor
Salary $531,996 [2]

Mary Sue Coleman (born October 2, 1943) was the 13th President of the University of Michigan.[3] In 2009, she was named one of the nation's "10 best college presidents" by Time.[4]


Mary Sue Coleman was awarded an undergraduate degree in chemistry from Grinnell College. She later received a doctorate in biochemistry from the University of North Carolina. For nineteen years, Coleman was a member of the biochemistry faculty at the University of Kentucky.[5]

Currently, Coleman sits on the Board of Directors of Johnson & Johnson.[6] She also served as past chair of the Association of American Universities. In July 2010, U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke appointed her as the co-chair of National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship.[7] In 2004, Coleman began leading "The Michigan Difference", a campaign that sought to raise $2.5 billion for the University of Michigan institution. Concluding in 2008, this campaign raised $3.2 billion - the most a public university has ever raised. Formerly she served as the 18th President of the University of Iowa from 1995 to 2002.[8]

Time magazine has ranked her as one of the ten best American university presidents, citing her excellent work in raising funds for the University and her emphasis on research.[9]

On April 18, 2013, Coleman announced her retirement as President of the University of Michigan. She served through June 2014 before stepping down.[10]

In June 2015 Coleman was appointed to the University of Denver Board of Trustees. She is an elected Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and co-chaired the Academy's Lincoln Project on Excellence and Access in Public Higher Education Project with former University of California-Berkeley chancellor Robert Birgeneau.[11]


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Academic offices
Preceded by
Peter E. Nathan (acting)
Hunter R. Rawlings III
President of the University of Iowa
Succeeded by
Willard L. Boyd (interim)
David J. Skorton
Preceded by
Lee C. Bollinger
President of the University of Michigan
Succeeded by
Mark S. Schlissel