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Posted on Tue, Sep 4, 2012 : 9:15 a.m.

Mary Sue Coleman leads U-M through decade of challenge, growth

By Cindy Heflin

University of Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman gets high praise from members of the board of regents and an alumnus in a profile in the Detroit Free Press Tuesday.


Mary Sue Coleman

Coleman, 68, has led the university through a decade of growth and change, the newspaper reports. During that time, Coleman oversaw the construction and renovation of many buildings on campus, including the new C.S. Mott Children's and Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital; the purchase of the North Campus Research Complex after Pfizer closed its Ann Arbor facility; and the largest fund-raising campaign in the university’s history.

Coleman achieved those successes, the newspaper reported, after arriving at the university in the wake of the scandal involving athletic booster Ed Martin, who pleaded guilty in a money-laundering scheme involving athletes and as the university was facing challenges over its practice of considering race in evaluating applicants.

Coleman plans to stay at the university for at least two more years, the newspaper reported.



Tue, Sep 4, 2012 : 7:51 p.m.

"Her emphasis on entrepreneurship, innovation and interdisciplinary studies has helped create new jobs and businesses for the region/state," he said. "The university is no longer just about education. Its mission now includes transferring what happens at the university for the benefit of the region -- and that's a good thing." MSC has also been in demand. She serves as the chairwoman of the Association of American Universities. Time magazine named her one of the 10 best college presidents in the country. President Barack Obama selected her as one of six university presidents to launch the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership.


Thu, Sep 6, 2012 : 9:48 a.m.

And you have proof of Chinese espionage? Is the Chinese Professor an American citizen perhaps? And what of his Chinese graduate students - are they American citizens?


Tue, Sep 4, 2012 : 10:41 p.m.

Yes Sparty, she got part of the $500 million President Obama set aside to develop new manufacturing techniques to help us compete with other countries like China. Who did she put in charge of the research project but a Chinese professor and all of his Chinese graduate students. Those new methods will be in China before they are ever used in America. President Obama could just as easily just given China $500 million.


Tue, Sep 4, 2012 : 5:39 p.m.

Mary Sue Coleman: Doing more with more money. We should give credit where credit is due -


Tue, Sep 4, 2012 : 3:07 p.m.

It is interesting that one of the credentials that was cited when Coleman was hired was "She co-chairs the Institute of Medicine's committee on the consequences of uninsurance". So it appears that President Coleman laid some of the ground work for Obama Care.


Tue, Sep 4, 2012 : 2:49 p.m.

Some Pfizer executives have said that Pfizer left town mainly because they got little cooperation from the University. They also wanted some tax concessions and if President Coleman wanted them to stay she could have lobbied her friend Governor Granholm to give them tax concessions but she did not. All the "entrepeneurship" that President Coleman promotes will never make up for the loss of jobs and tax revenue of Pfizer's departure. Coleman coveted that bargain deal on the Pfizer property.


Tue, Sep 4, 2012 : 2:45 p.m.

Coleman says that she will retire when her contract is up but she is the one who had the General Counsel's Office tell the Board of Regent that it is illegal to have a mandatory retirement age. However, every judge in the state of Michigan, including the Supreme Court, must retire after the term when they turn 70.


Tue, Sep 4, 2012 : 2:42 p.m.

President Coleman refused to join the FBI academic advisory panel, which was set up to help universities detect foreign espionage on campus and protect America's national security. The FBI has told me that whenever they send an agent to talk to a faculty member, they get a call from the General Counsel's office telling them they are not welcome on campus. University faculty routinely give lectures in China about things such as anti-satellite weapons technology, cruise missile guidance systems, and ballistic nose cone design. One professor was even asked to tell a group of visiting Chinese engineers details about the design of the Trident Sea Launched ballistic Missile.


Tue, Sep 4, 2012 : 2:37 p.m.

You saw no elections for the campus police oversight committee for more than ten years, despite the fact that civilian oversight was a requirement of the state law that allowed the University to have its own police. You had more than 3,000 people on the "no trespass" list for a variety of dubious reasons. Including Dr. Borisov who was arrested for trespassing in his own office but was acquitted of all charges by a Washtenaw County jury. You saw one police chief, Ken Magee, mysteriously put on "sick leave" and then terminated without explanation. You saw another police chief, mysteriously quit 12 days after the campus police were notified of the failure to report the child pornography case and then commit suicide three weeks later. The Sheriff's Department requested an interview with Coleman but she refused.


Tue, Sep 4, 2012 : 2:30 p.m.

Tuition has double during Coleman's tenure. She has spent an average of over $500 million per year on construction and renovation at a time when budgets were ballooning and tuition rising 2 to 3 times the rate of inflation. She fought the battle for affirmative action to the Supreme Court, spending a ton of money, only to find out that she was fighting the will of the citizens of Michigan, who passed a constitutional amendment banning affirmative action in college admissions. She has destroyed grievance procedures and shared governance with the faculty, all in an effort to concentrate power in the administration.


Tue, Sep 4, 2012 : 2:24 p.m.

It is interesting that the "related content" cites the child porn case that might never have been reported except for the Penn State scandal. It is easy to raise money and build buildings. It is easy to increase tuition and spend money. It is difficult to show real integrity. When the child porn case was reported to Coleman and she was scheduled to speak to the faculty senate advisory committee, did she disclose the child porn case? No she told them that nothing like Penn State could ever happen at UM.

Dog Guy

Tue, Sep 4, 2012 : 2:14 p.m.

Will the board of regents now proclaim her "Great Leader" and "President for LIfe"?