President Coleman Recommends Dr. Person as UM-Flint Chancellor

Dear Campus Community:

I am pleased to announce that I am recommending Dr. Ruth J. Person, an alumna of the University of Michigan, as the seventh Chancellor of the University of Michigan-Flint.  Dr. Person will begin her appointment August 18, pending approval by the Board of Regents.

Since her appointment as chancellor of IU Kokomo in 1999, Dr. Person led the campus through a strong period of growth.  During her tenure, IU Kokomo implemented a strategic plan, added new academic programs, completed a $3 million fundraising campaign, and constructed an award-winning science facility. Dr. Person also oversaw the reversal of a seven-year enrollment decline, and the campus now has record enrollment of full-time and traditional-age students. 

Throughout her impressive career, Dr. Person has had rich and diverse experiences in higher education.  She served for four years as vice president for academic affairs and professor of business administration at Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas. She also held positions as vice president for academic affairs at Ohio's Ashland University, associate vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Missouri–St. Louis, dean of the College of Library Science at Clarion University in Pennsylvania, and associate dean and faculty member of the School of Library and Information Science at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. As an American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow, Person also worked as chief academic officer with the Arizona Board of Regents.

Dr. Person earned her bachelor's degree from Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania and received both her master's degree and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. She also holds an M.S. degree in administration from George Washington University School of Business and Public Management.

I would like to thank the Search Advisory Committee for their splendid work and dedication during the last several months.  I am also deeply grateful to Interim Chancellor Jack Kay for his steady leadership during this period of transition

Please join me as we welcome Dr. Person to the University of Michigan-Flint.


Mary Sue Coleman