The University of Michigan names the life sciences building after former President Mary Sue Coleman

ANN ARBOR, MI – The Life Science Building at the University of Michigan will now be known as the Mary Sue Coleman Hall, honoring one of the university’s past presidents.

The UM Board of Regents unanimously voted Thursday March 25 to rename the building in honor of Coleman, who served as president of the university for 12 years before retiring in 2014. It is the first academic building on the Ann Arbor campus to be named after a woman.

“To me, this well-deserved appointment by Mary Sue Coleman Hall is a reflection of everything she has done to improve the impact of higher education on our society,” said UM President Mark Schlissel.

According to a university press release, Coleman was the first woman to serve as UM president. During her tenure, she was named one of Time Magazine’s Top 10 College Presidents.

At UM, Coleman hired the first director and 25 faculties for the life sciences program, according to a press release. Coleman led the acquisition of Pfizer’s North Campus Research Complex in 2009. The complex now houses more than 3,500 people, the press release said.

Coleman was also the founding president of the University Research Corridor, a collaboration between UM, Michigan State University, and Wayne State University.

“I am deeply honored and touched by this action by Schlissel, Chairman Denise Ilitch and the entire Board of Regents. It was a unique opportunity for me to build the Life Sciences Institute into what is now the research powerhouse, ”said Coleman.


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