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Listening sessions and themes

At the outset of the presidential search, the Board of Regents and Presidential Search Committee hosted a series of listening sessions with different stakeholder groups, both via Zoom and in person. The regents and committee members appreciated the great number of university community members who took time out of their busy schedules to attend the sessions and offer input on the opportunities and challenges facing the university and its next
president.

While each session focused on a particular university constituency, any member of the university community was able to attend any session; alumni and supporters were also welcome. Six listening sessions conducted in February via Zoom attracted a number of participants:

  • Flint Campus Community session: 94 registered attendees
  • Ann Arbor Faculty session: 176 registered attendees
  • Ann Arbor Staff session: 323 registered attendees
  • Michigan Medicine/Medical School session: 95 registered attendees
  • Ann Arbor Students session: 198 registered attendees
  • Dearborn Campus Community session: 86 registered attendees

Recordings of each session can be found below.

The university community also shared feedback via an online survey, responding to the same questions as in listening sessions. More than 1,000 individuals provided input into the search this way.

Regents and committee members heard several clear and consistent themes in both the survey and community discussions. The University of Michigan requires a leader with strong emotional intelligence, communication and listening skills who can help to rebuild trust and accountability and heal the university community.

The university must both continue and strengthen its institutional commitments to its public mission; sustainability and carbon neutrality; sexual misconduct prevention; and advancing diversity, equity, inclusion and access across the university.

The next president, in consultation with the U-M community, will craft a strategic and inclusive vision that draws upon those commitments and continues to enhance student success as well as excellence in research and teaching. This shared vision should recognize the unique
contributions of each campus and unite Ann Arbor, Dearborn and Flint in common purpose and the pursuit of excellence.

These themes are reflected in the presidential profile, which is now being shared with prospective candidates and helpful sources.

View virtual listening sessions

The listening sessions were recorded and are available with closed captioning.

Flint Campus CommunityWednesday 2/16 4:30-5:30pm
Ann Arbor FacultyFriday 2/18 12:00-1:00pm
Ann Arbor StaffFriday 2/18 4:30-5:30pm
Michigan Medicine/Medical SchoolMonday 2/21, 6:30-7:30pm
Ann Arbor StudentsTuesday 2/22, 5:30-6:30pm
Dearborn Campus CommunityWednesday 2/23 4:30-5:30pm