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Last Chancellor Candidate: Susan Borrego


By Stephanie Hackney

On Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014, students at the University of Michigan-Flint were given the opportunity to speak with the University’s third Chancellor Candidate, Susan E. Borrego, Ph.D.

For one hour students were given the opportunity to address Borrego directly and ask questions about her plans for the University and student outreach. A common theme among student questions was regarding the issues of inclusivity and diversity on campus.

“I think once you come up in student affairs, you can’t look away from it. Students are at the core of who I am,” Borrego said, when asked by a student if promoting diversity is a top priority for her.

Borrego is currently the Vice President for Enrollment Management, Planning and Student Affairs at California State University, Dominguez Hills and has professional experience working with organizations and programs that promote diversity on college campuses.

In spite of growing up in Detroit, Michigan, Borrego stated that Universities in Michigan weren’t, “…even on my radar,” but that she changed her mind when the University of Michigan-Flint’s position was brought to her attention. Borrego stated that she saw opportunities in Flint.

“I’m very excited about the opportunity to be a partner in the kind of work that is going on here,” Borrego said.

Borrego also said that if selected she would like to be invited to student events by students.

“I often say I do more work at a ball game than I do in my office,” stated Borrego who continued, “Every president
says they have an open door policy and that’s great but not many [students] are going to come find my door.”

Students who attended the interview had only positive things to say about Borrego’s chances of being selected as Chancellor.

“I saw her diversity experience and just thought, this is the person we need,” stated an undergraduate student.

Director of the University of Michigan-Flint’s Women’s Educational Center Rushika Patel, who attended the event, was enthusiastic about Borrego.

“I think it’s great that she’s a woman but I don’t think she’ll
be great because she’s a woman,” Patel said, who was glad to see a female candidate being considered for the position.

Students questioned Borrego about what she would like her legacy to be if selected for the Chancellor position.

“I would like people to say that she treated the community with respect and listened to us,” Borrego said.

Students who wish to read Borrego’s and the other two candidates full biography’s, or to comment regarding one of the Chancellor Candidates can do so via University of Michigan-Flint’s website at www.umflint.edu/chancellor/search.

Stephanie Hackney can be reached at stwhitne@umflint.edu

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