Mary Sue Coleman

University of Michigan
Academic administrator; Biochemist; Educator
Leadership, Policy, and Communications
Educational and Academic Leadership

A biochemist, scholar, and researcher by training, her administrative responsibilities have included appointments at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of New Mexico. In 1995 she became president of the University of Iowa and served in that capacity for seven years. In 2002 Dr. Coleman was appointed president of the University of Michigan, a post that she held for twelve years where she championed the values of diversity (including legal defense of affirmative action), cross disciplinary education and scholarship and global citizenship. After retiring from the presidency in 2014, Dr. Coleman became president of the Association of American Universities (AAU) in 2016 where she championed the importance of research universities to our nation and the world.  Retiring in summer 2020, Dr. Coleman is located in Denver, Colorado where she continues to work to be an advocate for higher education and research universities as critical to our nation's economic well being. 

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