Chancellor Susan E. Borrego, Ph.D.

Chancellor Borrego with her family after her inauguration.

Chancellor Susan E. Borrego, Ph.D. is the seventh chancellor of the University of Michigan-Flint. She is a student-centered leader with a passion for academics and a dedication to community transformation. Her career has been driven by a dedication to student success that was inspired by her own ability to see what a difference higher education can make, should make, and does make in students’ lives.

Chancellor Borrego is a nationally-renown leader and advocate for student success, particularly for traditionally under-represented students. Chancellor Borrego also has served on numerous boards and national task forces, including as a team leader for the AASCU Hispanic Success study, chair of NASPA undergraduate fellows program, and consultant for the Irvine Campus Diversity Initiative project. After arriving on campus, one of her first actions was the establishment of scholarships for top students at five traditionally under-represented Genesee County high schools, and she continues to work with the campus and community on issues of diversity
and inclusion.

Since coming to the University of Michigan-Flint in August 2014, Chancellor Borrego quickly established herself as a community partner and UM-Flint as a regional comprehensive university dedicated to research, innovation, and investments that advance the campus and community. In August 2015, Chancellor Borrego announced a strategic alliance with the Crim Fitness Foundation to benefit the health and wellness of the community, including welcoming the Crim as part of the UM-Flint campus. Her community outreach also includes serving on the Hurley Medical Center Board of Managers and the Board of Directors for the Greater Flint Health Coalition, as well as collaborating with numerous local entities for the collective good of the region. 

Throughout her career Chancellor Borrego has continued to teach and write.  She holds a tenured faculty appointment in the School of Education and Human Services. Her ongoing research focuses on issues of student learning and success, developing organizational capacity to serve under-represented students, and class issues. Chancellor Borrego previously served as a clinical faculty member at the University of Southern California and most recently taught in the Educational Leadership graduate program at CSU Fullerton. Chancellor Borrego also has served as a faculty member for the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) Greater Expectations Institute and the National Association for Student Personnel Administration (NASPA) Minority Undergraduate Fellows Institute. 

Prior to joining UM-Flint, Chancellor Borrego served as the vice president for Enrollment Management, Planning, and Student Affairs at California State University, Dominguez Hills, where she was also charged with oversight of NCAA DII athletics. 

Raised outside Detroit, Michigan, Chancellor Borrego received her Bachelor of Arts in speech and communication from Northwest Nazarene College, Master of Arts in Social Science: Student Development from Azusa Pacific University, and her Ph.D. in Education from Claremont Graduate School. 

Chancellor Borrego and her partner, Mary Boyce, Ph.D., reside in Flint. They are the proud parents of two adult children and four grandchildren. In her spare time, Chancellor Borrego is an avid reader who also enjoys paddle boarding and watching collegiate sports.