Whether it is in areas of sustainability or diversity, new medical frontiers or the fight against poverty, informing public policy or standing up to bigotry, the University of Michigan has made — and must continue to make — strong, positive impacts on society, President Mark Schlissel said Tuesday.
Speaking at his annual Leadership Breakfast before approximately 200 university leaders in the Stephen M. Ross School of Business’ Robertson Auditorium, Schlissel highlighted achievements from the past year, introduced a new initiative in precision health, and announced further efforts to help faculty engage with the broader public.
“As we embark on Michigan’s third century, I believe our future success will be defined in part by our ability to contribute to the solution of society’s most daunting problems, bringing to bear the full intellectual might of our academic breadth and depth,” Schlissel said.
Looking back on U-M’s bicentennial year, the president ticked through a variety of achievements: numerous faculty honors, six new deans and a new provost, a new School for Environment and Sustainability, initial milestones in a five-year strategic plan for diversity, equity and inclusion, and celebrating the university’s storied first 200 years.
“Our bicentennial has given us the opportunity to think about U-M’s future in the context of our remarkable, and influential, past,” he said. “Through much of our history, it has been Michigan teams that have truly made a difference. When you think about it, ‘teams’ are at the heart of every part of this speech.”
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