Dr. Mary Sue Coleman (born October 2, 1943) is an American scientist and educator who is currently serving as the 13th president of the University of Michigan. She is the first woman to serve in that role and the first since 1996 without an undergraduate or graduate degree from the University of Michigan.
Mary Coleman earned her undergraduate degree in chemistry from Grinnell College and her doctorate in biochemistry from the University of North Carolina.
For 19 years she was a member of the biochemistry faculty at the University of Kentucky. Her work in the sciences led to administrative appointments at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of New Mexico, where she served as provost and vice president for academic affairs. Coleman had previously served as president of the University of Iowa since 1995 where she was also professor of biochemistry in Iowa's College of Medicine and professor of biological sciences in the College of Liberal Arts.