Message from the President

Dear Friends,

All of us in Michigan are living in difficult times, facing an array of challenges and sharing a world that is very different than it was just a few months ago. Like you and your families, the University of Michigan community is adjusting to the unprecedented difficulties of the COVID-19 pandemic. And we’re also using our academic and medical expertise to help others.

This special edition of the Michigan Impact newsletter highlights a few examples of how our faculty, staff and students are deploying our research, education, service and clinical care capacity to help stem the tide of this rapidly progressing pandemic. Our state was one of the hardest hit in the nation, and U-M is trying its best to help.

With the winter semester now complete, we’re intensely focused on planning for the future and what a college experience will look like in this new reality. Benefiting from the advice of our outstanding public health and medical experts, I remain cautiously optimistic that we will be able to deliver a high-quality fall semester on our three campuses, with as much in-person instruction as possible. The Office of the Provost recently convened several faculty and staff committees charged with developing recommendations for how the university will operate in the fall while protecting the health of our community.

U-M has long been a leader in innovative teaching, and that is to our students’ advantage as we draw on the expertise of our educators while planning. Our students will continue to learn alongside professors who have already contributed influential research that is helping our society combat the pandemic.

No matter the format or the venue, one thing is certain – our commitment to excellence is as strong as ever. Students and their families should rest assured that a rigorous academic experience led by our world-renowned faculty will be waiting for them when fall rolls around.

I wish you and your loved ones the best during these trying times. And, as always, Go Blue!
Mark S. Schlissel