ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The University of Michigan has selected Dr. Santa Ono as its new president.
Ono, 59, is currently the president and vice chancellor of the University of British Columbia, but the U of M Board of Regents welcomed him to Ann Arbor on Wednesday during a special meeting.
“I’m pleased to announce that we have completed the search process and have identified Dr. Santa Ono as our finalist for election as the 15th president of the University of Michigan,” U of M Regent Paul Brown said.
Ono previously served as president at the University of Cincinnati from 2012-2016. He has been at the University of British Columbia since 2016.
He’s the 15th president in U of M history and replaces Mary Sue Coleman, who returned to her former role of university president after the Board of Regents voted to remove Mark Schlissel in January.
“Dr. Ono is relentlessly positive,” Regent Denise Ilitch said. “He understands the critical role of collaborative relationships and working toward a common goal, and he loves the students he serves. His vision for our future is exciting, and we have a lot to look forward to. I’m telling you, it’s a happy damn day.”
You can listen to Ono’s full comments below.
Here’s a video of Wednesday’s full meeting:
Here’s the Q&A with Ono that followed the meeting:
Schlissel was ousted following an investigation into a possible inappropriate relationship between him and a subordinate, and Coleman, his predecessor, agreed to return until the regents could name a replacement.
During an apology issued months later, Schlissel said he demonstrated “poor judgment.”
“The relationship was entirely consensual, was never physical, and did not involve the inappropriate spending of university resources,” Schlissel said. “But in a time when we have been trying to strengthen the bonds of trust at the university, it is particularly important that campus leaders avoid even an appearance of impropriety.”