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.



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

  • House Reps: Where Did They Go to College? from National Journal, (they missed a couple, we actually have 10)

  • Government Relations is proud to salute our colleague 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.

  • Rankings: U-M Hospital care; Best in Michigan. World Reputation Rankings; 15th in the world.

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

  • The Detroit Center is the base of operations for many of U–M's Detroit–focused programs

Delta Dental Awards $2 Million to School of Dentistry

Banner photo by Andrew Horne

With a $2 million gift from the Delta Dental Foundation, the University of Michigan School of Dentistry is in the process of creating the Delta Dental of Michigan Integrated Special Care Clinic. This new clinic will offer important learning opportunities for students and improve health care access for patients with developmental disabilities, cognitive impairments, complex medical problems, significant medical limitations, veterans with PTSD, and the vulnerable elderly, by offering dental and medical services in the same facility.

The Delta Dental of Michigan Integrated Special Care Clinic’s unique delivery model is designed so that dental students and faculty, as well as colleagues from other University of Michigan health science schools and colleges, will provide care together. This interdisciplinary clinic led by dentistry—believed to be the only one of its kind in Michigan—will provide important clinical training for future dental professionals.

Delta Dental article