Farewell and thank you, Chancellor Borrego

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Chancellor Susan E. Borrego with First Street Residence Hall resident advisors
Chancellor Susan E. Borrego with First Street Residence Hall resident advisors

When Susan E. Borrego concludes her term as the University of Michigan-Flint’s seventh chancellor, the impact of her work, care, and commitment will continue to be felt.

Accomplished under Borrego’s leadership, these initiatives and achievements will benefit UM-Flint and the broader community far into the future:

  • Borrego established the Chancellor’s Scholarship for top local students. The scholarship is valued at more than $9,000 each year and covers full tuition and fees for four years for each recipient.
Mariah Patten, Chancellor Susan E. Borrego, Brandon Grant, and Jermarian Chandler.
Chancellor Susan E. Borrego with first recipients of the Chancellor’s Scholarship.
  • The quality of incoming UM-Flint students improved under Borrego, with the incoming class showing an overall increase in GPA and SAT scores each of the last two years.
  • Crim Fitness Foundation and UM-Flint agreed to form a strategic partnership to develop health and wellness programs and evidenced-based practices.
  • UM-Flint created a Community Impact Fund to support efforts undertaken by students, faculty, and staff with community partners to protect the health of residents in the region.
  • The ice rink re-opened in January 2016. It first opened in 1985 as part of the Water Street Pavilion.
Chancellor Susan E. Borrego helps reopen downtown ice rink.
Chancellor Susan E. Borrego helps reopen downtown ice rink.
  • During Borrego’s term, at least 16 new areas of study were introduced, not including those that were modified or updated.
  • UM-Flint helped establish the Healthy Flint Research Coordinating Center. This new initiative brings together a central coordinating group from community-based organizations, UM-Flint and Ann Arbor campuses, and Michigan State University to identify the most pressing health needs in the Flint area, effectively coordinating activities, and sharing information to work toward the best possible health outcomes for the community.
Members of the Healthy Flint Research Coordinating Center
Members of the Healthy Flint Research Coordinating Center
  • Uptown Reinvestment Corporation (URC) donated the 340,000-square-foot Riverfront Residence Hall & Banquet Center to UM-Flint in 2015 — one of the largest donations ever given to the university. Campus also added the FirstMerit Bank Building that year, purchasing it for $6 million. Combined, the two buildings add 500,000 square feet to campus, increasing the cumulative square footage of campus buildings by more than 25 percent. It is the first addition of academic space since 2002, when the William S. White Building opened.
  • The U-M Board of Regents approved the creation of the School of Nursing, the fifth school within the University of Michigan-Flint.
  • In 2016, UM-Flint received an $11-million grant from the C.S. Mott Foundation to support the university’s continued growth of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) studies, add faculty support, create more research opportunities, and develop additional strategies to recruit and retain students.
UM-Flint Chancellor Susan E. Borrego with students.
UM-Flint Chancellor Susan E. Borrego welcomes Democratic Presidential Debate audience.
  • UM-Flint’s work with the business community was enhanced with a $400,000, 5-year grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration. The grant enabled UM-Flint to establish a University Center for Community and Economic Development to serve as a hub for entrepreneurial support across a seven-county region.
  • The Greater Flint Community Leadership Scholarship was established to cultivate the next generation of local leaders. The scholarship covers the cost of up to two consecutive, full academic years of tuition and fees. Eligible applicants must reside in and be employed by an organization that has a physical location in Genesee County.
Campus and community leaders break ground on Murchie Science Building expansion
Campus and community leaders break ground on Murchie Science Building expansion.
  • In 2018, the university celebrated the most successful capital campaign in the history of the University of Michigan-Flint, including more than $13 million for student support and over $5 million for faculty and research.

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