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Mary Sue Coleman Women in Leadership Award
  Left to right, MBA student Jodie Eason
talks with President Mary Sue Coleman.
In the background, left to right,
Constance Cook of the Center for
Research on Learning and Teaching
and Karen Gibbons of the Provost's Office.

Business School Presents Women in Leadership Award

4/19/2004 --

President Mary Sue Coleman is recognized for "achievements that promote the success of women in business."

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – "Every time you convince a young woman to enter the Business School, you are doing your part to create the next wave of leaders," President Mary Sue Coleman told members of the University of Michigan community who gathered to honor her at the Business School's Women in Leadership Award ceremony held April 14 in Hale Auditorium.

"Leadership means being a leader at all levels of one's career," added Coleman, who said as a University of Kentucky faculty member she never anticipated becoming a university president. When asked to direct the University of Kentucky Cancer Center, Coleman discovered she enjoys building programs and raising money. "Things happen in life that you never expect. Always be open to new possibilities that can lead to a totally different career," Coleman advised.

One significant lesson Coleman learned as president of Iowa and in her first 20 months at Michigan is that sometimes issues choose you. She cited leading Michigan in its landmark admissions case at the U.S. Supreme Court in 2003 as an example. At other times, presidents choose the issues they will champion, Coleman noted. She plans to announce two sets of ambitious goals within the next month: plans for the future direction of the University at the April 22 Regents meeting and Michigan's capital campaign on May 14.

On behalf of the Michigan Business Women (MBW) and the Michigan Business School Women in Business Initiative, BBA MBW Co-presidents Jennifer Lazar and Megan Melvin presented a crystal vase to Coleman, "recognizing achievements that promote the success of women in business."

For more information, contact:
Mary Jo Frank
Phone: 734.647.4626