Mary Sue Coleman

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Mary Sue Coleman and President Obama at the 2010 Spring Commencement

History was made in July 2002 when Mary Sue Coleman became the 13th President of the University of Michigan and the first woman to hold that position. During her tenure, she was named one of Time magazine's "10 best college presidents" and was beloved by students, faculty, and staff. A biochemist by training, she holds a professor emerita position in the Medical School and the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts.

Her time at Michigan was marked by several large endeavors by the University of Michigan, including a record breaking fundraising campaign by the University that raised $3.2 billion. Other ventures included Google's digitization of the University library's seven million volume collection and global expansion of the U-M's educational partnernships with other universities.

After serving twelve years as President, she retired in 2014 and later went on to become the president of the Association of American Universities. Her legacy at Michigan is regarded as positive; many remember her as one of the best presidents of the University of Michigan.

"Biography of President Mary Sue Coleman," accessed June 15, 2016,