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Posted on Thu, Apr 18, 2013 : 5:11 p.m.

Poll: Grade Mary Sue Coleman's tenure as president of the University of Michigan

By Staff

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Mary Sue Coleman arrived in Ann Arbor in 2002 after serving as president of the University of Iowa.

Mary Sue Coleman became University of Michigan's 13th and first female president when she was hired in 2002.

Her tenure at U-M will conclude in July of 2014 when she retires following the expiration of her contract.

Grade her overall performance over the past 11 years.



Fri, Apr 19, 2013 : 7:04 p.m.

I just noticed: the "Oral History / Interview" with M. S. Coleman was removed from the Iowa State Library website. I guess not all state university librarians are celebrating Coleman's history today. Well, maybe they just passed it on to U of M's Library. Happy Retirement Mary Coleman!

Christian Casper

Mon, Apr 22, 2013 : 12:36 a.m.

If you're looking for it on the Iowa State University library site you should know that she was president of the University of Iowa, not Iowa State. I know, because I was a student at Iowa State when she was at U of I, and I wished we had her rather than the guy we actually had at the time!

Ethics Advocate

Fri, Apr 19, 2013 : 4:03 p.m.

As a faculty member for 38 years under six different presidents, I think she has been outstanding.

T Wall

Fri, Apr 19, 2013 : 9:40 a.m.

For almost a decade Ms. Coleman and the University have refused to let me use a piece of useless (to them) property and even gone so far as to construct an 8 foot high fence to keep me, specifically, out. I am talking about an eight foot wide piece of property where Pauline intersects with S. Main (it used to be the old VFW Hall) that I had cleaned up, put in a couple of picnic tables in and used for the Special Need kids to enjoy as a park. Then the University decided to pave the area and use it for a parking lot and a production site for football games. On the north side of the property there is a drop off probably 20 feet high and at the bottom of the hill they constructed a fence so that their property could not be used. I realize that it is their property and I have talked to them about leasing or selling it to me but they refuse and instead they maintain a fence that traps paper and other debris, and denies my special needs kids a place that they could enjoy. I am a life-long resident of Ann Arbor and I can remember when the U did stuff that benefitted the community; like their spring carnivals and homecoming parades down So, U. Now I am so tired of the University just being a taker and never giving any thought to what they are doing to Ann Arbor. And here they are talking about taking over property using eminent domain so that they can make more money with a residence hall, take more money off the City of Ann Arbor's tax rolls and show their lack of being a good neighbor. I find it rather ironic that Robert Frost, the recipient of a lifetime Fellow in Letters at the University, would mention that good fences make good neighbors. Not in this instance Mr. Frost.


Fri, Apr 19, 2013 : 12:19 p.m.

You're annoyed because they aren't giving you more space to rent out for football tailgates?


Fri, Apr 19, 2013 : 3:18 a.m.

As of the time of this comment, among the readers voting in this poll, President Coleman is averaging a solid B (3.00), with an A=4, B=3, C=2, D=1, E/F=0. For what it's worth.


Fri, Apr 19, 2013 : 1:36 a.m.

I would have given her an "A" rather than a "B" if not for the Rich Rod debacle. She was WAY better than Lee Bollinger.


Thu, Apr 18, 2013 : 9:27 p.m.

The University of Michigan is academically of the extremist liberal variety. Worse still is an intolerance of other views, especially conservative ones. The next president needs to be open minded and nuture all points of view not just the left's politically correct nonsense.


Fri, Apr 19, 2013 : 6:40 p.m.

Despite all the 'thumbs down' votes: there's nothing wrong at all with your post. It's just that this is the wrong time and her ideological supporters are bound to jump on any truthful negatives about Super Security Sue. The Buffalo Herd may be wrong, but you don't want to stand in the way of their stampede. ;-)

Robert E.

Fri, Apr 19, 2013 : 1:39 a.m.

Nice NoSUV...indeed U of M is a progressive university that has the courage to focus on the truth, not distortions perpetuated by fear and ultra-conservatism...this is our history and our legacy...what some call "political correctness" is called intelligence, compassion, and human decency, and TRUTH by the rest of us...


Fri, Apr 19, 2013 : 1:15 a.m.

You are confusing liberalism with intelligence. You are right in that the university doesn't have stupid, crass people. I'm glad that it isn't conservative since conservatism is anti-civilization.

Christian Casper

Fri, Apr 19, 2013 : 1:06 a.m.

If U-M were intolerant of political conservatism they wouldn't have had Eric Cantor and Condoleezza Rice as speakers in prestigious guest lectureships in the past couple years. And those are just the two that spring immediately to mind.