Letters to Campus Community

President Coleman Announces Retirement


April 18, 2013

Dear Faculty, Staff and Students,

Ours is a university unlike any other, and there is no place I would rather be.

I have told the Board of Regents that Michigan is where I wish to conclude my career. I will retire as president when my contract ends on July 31, 2014.

The University of Michigan deserves the best in a leader, and I want to give the Board ample time to select the next president. I am committed to working with the Board members to ensure a smooth leadership transition.

Leading the University of Michigan is the most challenging and rewarding work of my career. It is a tremendous privilege and one that continually energizes me.

I am extremely proud of the work we have done, together, to make Michigan more vibrant, more accessible and more global. I fully anticipate the next 15 months will be like my previous 11 years – busy. I have often said I have the best job in higher education, and I look forward to continuing to work with faculty, students, staff and alumni in the upcoming year.

When a new president is in place, my husband Ken and I plan to live in Ann Arbor and remain active in the community. We have always lived in college towns and there’s really no place like Ann Arbor. We did not think twice about where we wanted to call home after the presidency.

Today, it’s much too soon for goodbyes. Instead, let’s move forward and continue to advance the academic excellence of the University of Michigan.


Mary Sue Coleman