In July 2014, Dr. Mark Schlissel became the 14th president of the University of Michigan and the first physician-scientist to lead the institution. Dr. Schlissel quickly fell in love with Ann Arbor and is proud to call University of Michigan and the city of Ann Arbor home.
During his conversation with Paul Krutko, president and CEO of Ann Arbor SPARK, Dr. Schlissel gives insight on historical economic trends, the future of local economic growth, and the importance of keeping the automotive and manufacturing industries in Michigan. Dr. Schlissel also elaborates on the benefits of retaining graduates and why staying in Ann Arbor is so attractive. He emphasizes what makes the city so special and lists his favorite things about living in a small town with a big city feel.