University of Michigan Detroiter Hall of Fame

Emerging Leader AwardInitiated in 2013, the University of Michigan Detroiter Hall of Fame honors the distinguished career achievements of Detroit natives who have graduated from the University of Michigan and made recognized national or global contributions to their disciplines.

Nominate an outstanding individual for the U-M Detroiter Hall of Fame.

Twenty years before Michigan entered the Union as the nation’s 26th state, a territorial act established Catholepistemiad – the forerunner of the University of Michigan. From its humble beginnings in a building at the corner of Bates and Congress in Detroit, the University moved to Ann Arbor in 1837 and evolved into one of the top research institutions of higher learning in the world. No small part of the University’s reputation can be attributed to native Detroit students who enriched its academic life and went on to make significant contributions to humanity through their work in a variety of fields.

The University of Michigan Detroiter Hall of Fame honors the distinguished career achievements of Detroit natives who have graduated from the University of Michigan and made recognized national or global contributions to their disciplines. Today, we pay tribute to our eleven inaugural inductees, as well as, this year’s Outstanding Service Award honoree.

The Detroiter Hall of Fame and induction program would not be possible if it were not for the generous support of the Office of Dr. Robert Sellers, Vice Provost for Equity, Inclusion and Academic Affairs. The Detroit Center thanks the University’s Office of the Provost for their continued recognition of the important mutual ties that bind the University of Michigan with the city of Detroit.

Click on the photos to read more about each honoree.