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Mark Schlissel biography: 13 things about University of Michigan’s 14th president


Mark Steven Schlissel was born in a traditional Jewish household in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, United States. He is a scientist and a board certified internist while his wife Monica Schwebs is an environmental and energy lawyer.

Schlissel and Schwebs have four children together. Here are 13 more things about him:


  1. In 1975, he graduated from Madison Central High School in Old Bridge Township, in Middlesex County, New Jersey, USA. In 1994, the school and Cedar Ridge High School merged to form Old Bridge High School.
  2. In 1979, he earned his bachelor’s degree in biochemical sciences from Princeton University in Princeton, New Jersey. He graduated summa cum laude.
  3. In 1986, he earned his master’s degree and PhD in physiological chemistry from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. From 1986 to 1988, his residency in internal medicine was conducted at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.
  4. From 1998 to 1991, he was a postdoctoral fellow at Whitehead Institute of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In 1992, he became a member of the American Association of Immunologists.
  5. From July 1991 to June 1999, he was an associate professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.
  6. In 1998, he was elected to the American Society of Clinical Investigators.
  7. In 1999, he joined the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of California, Berkeley in Berkeley, California, USA as an associate professor. At the university, he became a full professor in 2002 and the biological sciences dean in the College of Letters and Science from 2008 to 2011.
  8. From July 2011 to June 2014, he was a provost at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, USA.
  9. In 2013, he was elected to the American Association of Physicians and as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
  10. On July 1, 2014, he became the president of the University of Michigan in Ann Harbor, Michigan. He is the 14th person to hold the position.
  11. In 2015, he was elected as a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, which is headquartered in Cambridge.
  12. In 2017, he was inducted to the Old Bridge High School’s Wall of Fame.
  13. On July 15, 2021, he introduced institutional changes to the University of Michigan’s sexual misconduct policies. On December 8, 2021, an anonymous complaint informed the university’s board of regents that he may have been involved in an inappropriate relationship with an employee of the university. On January 15, 2022, the board fired him as the university’s president.

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