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U of Michigan names its 1st Asian American college president

The University of Michigan Wednesday named Santa Ono its new president.

The Detroit Free Press first reported the news on Tuesday, citing unnamed sources.

Ono will join U of M from the University of British Columbia where he currently holds the same position. Earlier he served as president of the University of Cincinnati. In 2015, Inside Higher Ed named Ono its most notable college president in 2015, succeeding Janet Napolitano of the University of California.

He will be the University of Michigan’s first Asian American to serve as president.

“Dr. Ono is relentlessly positive,” Regent Denise Ilitch said to Click on Detroit. “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.”

Ono’s parents are Japanese immigrants. He is a former professor and biomedical researcher, according to Hill.

“The University of Michigan is recognized worldwide as being at the pinnacle of public higher education,” Ono said in the statement. “It is a singular honor to be chosen to lead such an extraordinary institution.”

The regents removed former president Mark Schlissel several months ago after they investigated charges he had an inappropriate relationship with a colleague. An investigation found he used his university email in an inappropriate manner.

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