Heinz C. Prechter Engineering Complex Naming Ceremony
Sep. 29, 2006
Less than 24 hours ago I had the privilege of taking part in a celebration marking the 50th anniversary of the University of Michigan-Flint.
And now I have the honor of joining the University of Michigan-Dearborn community in commemorating and honoring valued supporters who have helped to further the mission of this campus.
The University of Michigan is a great institution because of the way our three campuses advance all facets of our state and beyond. UM-Dearborn plays such an important role in the economy of southeastern Michigan, whether in preparing graduates for demanding careers or reaching out to industry with new research and innovations.
This is the Michigan Difference. By providing our students and faculty with the facilities and the support they need, the UM-Dearborn helps to transform our region for the better.
This would not be possible without Heinz and Wally Prechter.
Today we remember Heinz Prechter and all that he meant to the University of Michigan-Dearborn. I am so pleased that this great facility carries his name, because the world should know of Heinz’s love and support of Dearborn students and faculty. He always wanted the best for our Engineering program.
And Wally Prechter is just as committed to the University of Michigan, both our Dearborn and Ann Arbor campuses. In particular, we all admire and respect her passion for finding a cure for bipolar disorder and how it robs us of family and friends far too early.
Wally is the model of dedication, graciousness and—I think it’s safe to say this—tenacity, because she believes so deeply in the U-M and what we contribute to today’s world.