By Karen Schwartz and Maria Sprow, May 30, 2002

Shabina Khatri

Mary Sue Coleman, president of the University of Iowa, was welcomed to the University by the Regents and community members yesterday morning as she was elected to be the University’s 13th president in a motion carried unanimously by the Board of Regents.

Coleman, who has been president of Iowa since 1995, will begin her term at the University Aug. 1 under a five-year contract set to be finalized at the June regents meeting.

“She will be a strong, creative, experienced, thoughtful and successful president of the University of Michigan,” Regent Rebecca McGowan (D-Ann Arbor) said. “And let it be said again and again, girls can do math and science.”

Regents also praised interim University President B. Joseph White, expressing gratitude and appreciation for his dedication and involvement in keeping the University running smoothly.

“The only thing more challenging than being president of this University would be being interim president,” Regent David Brandon (R-Ann Arbor) said. Added Regent Kathy White (D-Ann Arbor) to White and his wife, Mary: “I’m very impressed at (your) deep commitment … I am basically speechless,” she said.

Though she was officially appointed, Coleman will remain at Iowa for the next two months.

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