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The Presidents Council, State Universities of Michigan, based in Lansing, is a nonprofit higher education association serving Michigan's 15 state universities.


Each year, Michigan's public universities serve about 303,000 students, focusing on the delivery of excellent undergraduate and graduate education and equal educational opportunity.

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  • Leader of change: Kate Davy Recognized by the Network for Change and Continuous Innovation

    April 22, 2015/University of Michigan Dearborn News

    Kate Davy, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at University of Michigan-Dearborn, is the recipient of the 2015 Leader of Change Award. The award recognizes individuals whose efforts have resulted in significant impact in their institutions and beyond and is conferred by the Network for Change and Continuous Innovation: Higher Education’s Network for Change Leadership (NCCI).

    NCCI’s board implemented the Leaders of Change Recognition Program in 2013 as part of its vision to serve as a catalyst for change in higher education. “This program is part of a broader strategic effort to identify those individuals who are leading change on their campuses and to grow the network of change leaders within higher education,” said NCCI President Catherine Lilly, senior adviser to the executive vice president and chief financial officer at U-M Ann Arbor.

    Davy said, “It’s gratifying to be recognized for work related to innovation and change in higher education. The award is a testament to the collaborative, innovative work of faculty and staff at UM-Dearborn. Working alongside such talented colleagues is a joy; success is all about the team.”
  • Impressive Arrival at a Presidential Investiture

    February 12, 2015/Inside Higher Ed

    Fritz Erickson's investiture as president of Northern Michigan University featured such traditional moments as an inaugural speech and the board chair presenting the chain of the office. But the ceremony started with a video showing a more innovative way to arrive on the scene.
  • Gov. Snyder to Propose Increases to Higher Education and Community College Budgets

    February 09, 2015/MLive

    By Kyle Feldscher 

    LANSING -- Gov. Rick Snyder plans to ask the Michigan Legislature to approve a $28 million increase in state spending for university operations when he unveils his 2016 executive budget on Wednesday.

    That two percent bump is the largest ongoing funding increase the governor will propose, according to his office. If approved by lawmakers, the higher education budget would reach $1.544 billion next year, with $1.4 billion coming from the state's general fund.

    "It's one of the keys to the future," said Snyder spokeswoman Sara Wurfel. "So, the governor has made investing in this area a strong priority again."

    While an increase, the higher education budget still won't reach funding levels last seen under former Gov. Jennifer Granholm.
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