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Coleman talks higher education during economic club address

By Jennifer Calfas, Managing News Editor
Published February 13, 2014

Deborah Muchmore, vice president of the Marketing Resource Group and chair of the Economic Club, said the group hopes to learn from Coleman and Simon about the status of higher education, specifically in the state of Michigan.

“These schools play a vital role here, not just locally, but statewide and around the world,” Muchmore said. “We have taken this opportunity to put a spotlight on these two leaders who are absolutely exceptional, remarkable leaders.”

As University President-elect Mark Schlissel prepares to fill her shoes this summer, Coleman also mentioned plans for her upcoming retirement.

Despite working in her role for 12 years, Coleman doesn’t plan to take much of a break.

“I won’t by lying on a beach anywhere,” she said jokingly.

Once she leaves, Coleman will co-chair a project for the American Academy of Arts and Sciences focusing on the significance of public research universities. She will also serve on the board of several foundations, including as a member of the National Institute of Health’s advisory council. Currently, Coleman serves on the board of directors of Johnson + Johnson, which she joined in 2003.

As for her future in Ann Arbor, Coleman plans to get a condo in town so she can visit in the fall for football games.