Dr. Mark Schlissel was named the 14th president of the University of Michigan on July 1, 2014, following the retirement of Mary Sue Coleman. And now, it won’t be long before there’s a 15th president.
Schlissel took to social media minutes ago to announce his intentions to depart his role in June of 2023:
As we emerge from a historic global pandemic, now is an important time to strategically consider the future of @UMich. To ensure a smooth & thoughtful leadership transition, today I am announcing I will end my service as president in June 2023. https://t.co/8PKIzAAs2n pic.twitter.com/tvePnm1G8u
— Dr. Mark Schlissel (@DrMarkSchlissel) October 5, 2021
Part of the official statement he released reads:
“We are emerging from an historic global pandemic and adjusting to new and still evolving ways of working, learning and living, both as individuals and as a university. We’re planning our next fundraising campaign and developing the longer-term strategies that will continue to drive our academic excellence and enhance our societal impact. And we’re working on our campus culture and climate to help us to live up to our highest ideals. Each of these important priorities will require commitment and leadership that extends into the next decade and beyond.
To support a smooth and thoughtful presidential leadership transition, I am announcing that I plan to end my service as president in June 2023, a year less than the duration of my previously announced appointment. After discussion with the Board of Regents, I decided that this timing is appropriate. The new horizon gives the Board time to consult with our community, think about the future and thoroughly plan and conduct a search for my successor, while allowing us to continue momentum on important and time-critical efforts that are underway.”
– – Quotes via Michigan.Edu Link – –