About Government Relations

Vice President Cynthia H. Wilbanks oversees the Office of the Vice President for Government Relations.

University officials monitor federal and state legislation that impacts or involves higher education. Officials work with elected officials and government agencies in providing information and research findings that may assist their policy work.

We have offices in Ann Arbor, Lansing, and Washington, D.C.

  • A New website from Michigan Creative, U-M + Detroit, shows the commitment of U-M to the City of Detroit.
    The Detroit Center is the base of operations for many of U–M's Detroit–focused programs.

  • U-M among the Princeton Review's 353 Green Colleges U-Record article

  • The University of Michigan School of Dentistry is ranked as the top dental school in the U.S. and the fourth in the world, according to a new survey of institutions of higher learning. Read more here

  • Government Relations is proud to salute our colleague Dr. Veronica Johnson who has established an Internship at the UM School of Information (Veronica Wilkerson Johnson Internship Award). 

  • U-M maintained its ranking at No. 6 on Kiplinger's list of 100 Best Values in Public Colleges for 2015. Read More

  • You can learn more about the State’s higher education appropriations process by joining the Alumni Association’s Legislative Advocacy program.

  • The University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers was named the best hospital in Michigan by the U.S. News & World Report.

  • U-M provides Guidelines for Political Campaigns and Ballot Initiatives.

  • U-M & A2
    5/11/15 The U-M Community Relations office has launched a new website that shows facts and figures explaining how the university is an integral part of the Ann Arbor community, and more.

U-Michigan part of new network to build sustainable, livable cities

SNRE students Jasmine Omeke and Mariel Borgman survey a block in Detroit's east side during a 2013 SNRE-led project to understand how vacant land in the city is used. Image credit: Dave Brenner/SNRE

ANN ARBOR—The University of Michigan is one of nine research universities in a new international effort, funded by a $12 million award from the National Science Foundation, to build better cities of the future.

The University of Minnesota-led project brings together scientists, industry leaders and policy partners committed to creating cities that are highly functional, that promote the health of residents and the environment, and that have that intangible vibe, called livability, that makes cities desirable places to live and work.

The new project, funded by NSF's Sustainability Research Network, will focus on ways to reimagine the energy grids, road networks, green spaces, and food and water systems that form the urban infrastructure. Emerging trends suggest that cities may be better off building more local systems; this movement toward "distributed" infrastructure is gaining momentum globally. Read more:U-M News Service