July 25, 2014 at 7:29 pm

New U-M president admires Michigan sights

University of Michigan Mark Schlissel's captions also referenced a statue of civil rights activist Rosa Parks in Grand Rapids as being her home. But Parks, a Detroit resident, never visited that west Michigan community, according to published reports at the time of the statue's dedication. (University of Michigan)

Ann Arbor— The University of Michigan’s new president has been in town for less than a month and has already ventured east to explore Detroit.

Mark Schlissel and his wife, Monica Schwebs, have been touring the state prior to begin his position on July 14 and have posted pictures of several of his escapades in the Motor City, he said in a tweet Friday on Twitter.

“Before settling into @UMich my wife & I toured this amazing state you call @PureMichigan . We’re happy to call it home,” @DrMarkSchlissel said in his second tweet.

The tweet linked to page that included eight pictures of visits throughout the city, including the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Renaissance Center, the Compuware building, the Riverwalk, the Heidelberg Project and the Motown Museum.

UM’s 14th president also posted pictures of places he visited in Dearborn, Grand Rapids, Lansing, Traverse City and Leelanau, Midland and UM’s Biological Station.

UM’s first couple even took a selfie in the Upper Peninsula before a boat tour of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

Captioned under a photo of the lakeshore: “Layers of deposited limestone with various other minerals providing the color and the lake sculpting the caves along the shore. Awesome!”

But a few captions in Schlissel’s photo gallery were incorrect. He identified a lobby as being in the Compuware building when it is in the Guardian Building.

Schlissel’s captions also referenced a statue of civil rights activist Rosa Parks in Grand Rapids as being her home. But Parks, a Detroit resident, never visited that west Michigan community, according to published reports at the time of the statue’s dedication.

Despite the errors,at least one tweep approved of the Schlissels’ tour of the Michigan.

“Hell yeah,” tweeted @AlexCook616, as he shared the president’s tweet to his followers.

kkozlowski@detroitnews.com

Mark Schlissel and his wife, Monica Schwebs and the Detroit RiverWalk ... (University of Michigan)