Univ. of Mich. names Mark Schlissel new president

The Block M at the Diag on the University of Michigan campus in Ann Arbor. (file photo)

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The University of Michigan has named Brown University Provost Mark Schlissel as its new president.

The Board of Regents approved Schlissel’s appointment on Friday, meaning he’ll become the 14th person to lead the Ann Arbor school.

Schlissel is Brown’s chief academic officer. Before that, he served as dean of biological sciences at the University of California-Berkeley.

Schlissel will succeed President Mary Sue Coleman, who announced last year that she would step down when her contract expires this summer. She will leave as Michigan’s fourth longest-serving leader.

The 70-year-old Coleman also is the university’s first female president.

Coleman was hired in 2002 after seven years as president at the University of Iowa. Her time in Ann Arbor has been marked by significant physical changes to the campus.

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