- Associated Press - Monday, January 12, 2015

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - University of Michigan President Mark Schlissel’s goals this year include promoting the Ann Arbor School’s research and teaching.

Schlissel told The Ann Arbor News (http://bit.ly/1wOI2OK ) that he wants to continue doing - and expand upon - things the university has always done right.

“I really want to promote the types of research programs and teaching programs that tap into this unique advantage we have with the breadth of excellence at the university, and I want to do it in a way that is enormously useful to the public,” he said in a story published Monday.

“So, I want to promote things that bring us together across multiple schools and colleges to work on the big challenges confronting society - either local like the resurgence of Detroit or global ones like the Ebola epidemic.”

The former provost at Brown University, Schlissel was installed in September as Michigan’s 14th president. He succeeded Mary Sue Coleman.

Schlissel told the newspaper that he also will focus on increasing diversity across the university.

On a personal note, dropping a few pounds is on his agenda, too.

“My darn schedule has been so busy that I’ve been doing a lot of eating and not a lot of exercising,” he said. “I’ve gained weight this semester because I’ve attended lots of dinners and events, and I’ve invited alumni and visitors to the university over to the house for dinner and out to dinner at events at other venues.”


Information from: The Ann Arbor News, http://www.mlive.com/ann-arbor



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