Schissel Starts As U-M President

Jul 14, 2014

Presidential Inauguration Won't Be held Until Fall     

The new President of the University of Michigan is on the job.  Mark Schissel officially took the helm today.   

New U-M President Mark Schlissel
New U-M President Mark Schlissel

And, while the work begins, formal ceremonies won’t take place until we’re further down the road. Schlissel assumes the top job at U of M after a 12-year run in the post by Mary Sue Coleman. Coleman left at the end of the Universities fiscal year, June 30th.

Schlissel comes to Michigan from Brown where, for the last three years, he has served as Provost. That was just the last stop on a well pedigreed resume. Schlissel earned M-D and P-H-D Degrees from Johns Hopkins University. 

From there, he moved to Cal-Berkeley where he went from Associate Professor to Dean of Biological Sciences, before leaving to become Provost at Brown in 2011.  

U of M spokesman Rick Fitzgerald says there will be an inauguration and celebration of Schlissel’s appointment, but it won’t come until September. Fitzgerald says that will give Schlissel time to acclimate to the job and the campus will be in full swing with the return of students in the fall.

Schlissel has a five-year contract worth $750,000 annually, and there is a 100-thousand dollar retention bonus for each year he stays.