Britany Affolter-Caine, executive director of Michigan’s University Research Corridor — an alliance of Michigan State University, the University of Michigan and Wayne State University — released the following statement today on the passing of Kathleen Wilbur.

“Kathy was a pillar of Michigan’s higher education landscape and an integral part of the work of the URC. Her passing marks the loss of an exceptional advocate, leader and believer in the transformative power of education and research. Kathy’s dedication to the advancement of Michigan’s universities, spanning decades across various leadership roles, leaves an indelible mark on the fabric of our state.

Kathy’s legacy extends far beyond her professional accomplishments; it lives in the hearts of those she touched with her warmth, wisdom and unwavering commitment to service. Her ability to navigate challenges with grace, her relentless pursuit of solutions, and her genuine care for the institutions she served should be a guiding light for us all.”

Kathy Wilbur

Read more about Kathy’s career and impact in The Detroit News or the Detroit Free Press.