University of Michigan President Mark Schlissel announced on October 5 that he would end his term as president in June 2023, a year earlier than his previously announced appointment.
Schlissel, who arrived at UM in 2014, said the announcement “will support a smooth and thoughtful leadership transition for the university.”
“This is the eighth year of my presidency and an important time to strategically consider the future of our university,” the president said in an email message to the university community. “We are emerging from a historic global pandemic and adapting to new, ever-changing ways of working, learning and living, both as individuals and as a university.
“We are planning our next fundraising campaign and developing long-term strategies that will continue to boost our academic excellence and improve our societal impact. And we are working on the culture and climate of our campus to help us live up to our highest ideals, ”the president wrote.
“Each of these important priorities will require commitment and leadership that spans the next decade and beyond. “
He said his announcement now, with a start yet in 20 months, gives the Board of Regents “time to consult with our community, reflect on the future, and plan and thoroughly search for my successor, while allowing us to continue our momentum on important projects. and the urgent efforts that are underway.
The president and regents finalized the revised schedule last month. Schlissel is the 14th president of the university since its founding in 1817.
“I appreciate President Schlissel’s leadership throughout his tenure and know he will continue to work hard to move our great institution forward,” said Regent Jordan Acker, Chairman of the Board.
“As the President has indicated, the Board of Trustees will meet in due course to discuss how we will consult with our community, reflect on the future, and thoroughly plan the search for the next leader of the university.”
Schlissel, who will outline his plans for the coming year during his annual leadership address on October 7, said the important work of students, faculty and staff – supported by alumni, donors and others – is what “keeps me energized and passionate about this topic.” University.”
“The work we do is important,” Schlissel said.
Regent Mark Bernstein said UM “has never been stronger and this is the result of President Schlissel’s strong and steadfast leadership in extremely difficult times.
“He championed the Go Blue Guarantee that makes our university more affordable for Michigan families, and his commitment to carbon neutrality makes our university a leader in the fight against climate change. Just one of those successes would justify being recognized as one of the most successful presidents in our history, but there are many other accomplishments to celebrate.
“Perhaps most importantly, especially at this time in our society, President Schlissel runs our university with integrity, decency and compassion,” said Bernstein. “Of course there is a lot more to do in the years to come, and I can’t wait to hit the finish line at full speed with him.”
Regent Ron Weiser said, “I have enjoyed working with the President for over four years and look forward to continuing to work with him over the next two years. Although we had some differences of opinion, he did an amazing job leading our institution through a difficult time. “
Schlissel said he was “very proud of everything the university has accomplished so far during my tenure as president and remains excited about what we are currently planning for the years to come.
“Thanks to you, UM is tackling major societal challenges such as poverty, the prevention of gun injuries, inequalities, human health and the climate crisis with interdisciplinary force. We have improved accessibility on all of our campuses with the Go Blue Guarantee, extended the reach of our world-class healthcare and set a record of private support to a public university, ”he wrote in his post. to the university community.
“But as long as challenges remain in our society, the work of the University of Michigan will remain unfinished. I look forward to supporting you all as you strive to make our world and our university a better place.