Chancellor Susan E. Borrego, Ph.D.

Chancellor Borrego with her family after her inauguration.

Chancellor Susan E. Borrego, Ph.D. is a student-centered leader with a passion for academics and a dedication to community transformation. Her career is driven by a dedication to student success, inspired by her ability to see the difference higher education can make, should make, and does make in students’ lives.

Chancellor Borrego is a nationally-renown leader and advocate for student success, particularly for traditionally underrepresented students. She has served on numerous boards and national task forces, including as a team leader for the AASCU Hispanic Success study, chair of NASPA undergraduate fellows program, member of the NASFAA Forward50 committee, and consultant for the Irvine Campus Diversity Initiative project. One of her first actions on campus was establishing scholarships for top students at five traditionally underrepresented Flint high schools, then establishing a robust merit scholarship program.

Coming to UM-Flint in August 2014, Chancellor Borrego quickly established herself as a community partner and UM-Flint as a regional comprehensive university dedicated to research, innovation, and investments that advance the campus and community. Her community outreach includes serving on the Hurley Medical Center Board of Managers and the Board of Directors for the Greater Flint Health Coalition, as well as collaborating with numerous local entities for the collective good of the region.

Chancellor Borrego is recognized as a national expert on access and inclusion as it relates to student success and has published and presented over 50 times on the topic over the past two decades, including a TEDx Pasadena talk and “Class Matters: Beyond Access to Inclusion,” a monograph for NASPA. She holds a tenured faculty appointment in the School of Education and Human Services at UM-Flint, and her ongoing research continues to focus on student learning and success, developing organizational capacity to serve under-represented students, and class issues. 

Prior to joining UM-Flint, Chancellor Borrego served as the vice president for Enrollment Management, Planning, and Student Affairs at California State University, Dominguez Hills, where she was also charged with oversight of NCAA DII athletics.

She grew up outside Detroit, Michigan, received her Bachelor of Arts in speech and communication from Northwest Nazarene College, Master of Arts in Social Science: Student Development from Azusa Pacific University, and her Ph.D. in Education from Claremont Graduate School.

Chancellor Borrego and her partner, Mary Boyce, Ph.D., live in Flint. They are the proud parents of two adult children and seven grandchildren. In her spare time, Chancellor Borrego is an avid reader who also enjoys paddle boarding, being at the lake and watching collegiate sports.

Chancellor Susan E. Borrego, Ph.D. is the seventh chancellor of the University of Michigan-Flint.