- Associated Press - Friday, September 5, 2014

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - Mark Schlissel was formerly installed Friday as the University of Michigan’s 14th president in an inauguration on the school’s Ann Arbor campus.

Schlissel said in a speech that his tenure will focus on embracing the school’s mission as a public institution, maintaining a diverse and democratic community, and encouraging and valuing all voices, The Ann Arbor News reported (https://bit.ly/1qCTWdR ).

“We live in a remarkable but imperfect world,” he told the crowd, which included staff members, students, higher education leaders from around the globe and Gov. Rick Snyder. “Racial unrest, environmental threats, religious intolerance and resource inequities all demand the academy’s attention.

“Our response must include endeavors not only in science, technology and professional training, but just as importantly in liberal education, cultural understanding, civic engagement and artistic expression.”

The former provost at Brown University officially took over this summer at the University of Michigan, succeeding Mary Sue Coleman, who announced last year that she would step down.



Friday’s events started with symposia on biomedical research and privacy at Blau Auditorium. Schlissel’s inauguration was held during an afternoon ceremony at Hill Auditorium.

He spoke about the school’s ambition to become the model public research university, according to the newspaper.

“Our mission always will be to improve the world through research and education - to build a better place for our children and grandchildren,” Schlissel said. “There is no more noble and essential work, and I am honored to lead us forward.”

Snyder, a University of Michigan graduate, was a guest speaker at the inauguration.

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

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