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.



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

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

  • 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). 

  • 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

University of Michigan Labs Scale Up Instructional Innovations

This new office at the University of Michigan is in charge of scaling up digital learning experimentation.

Dian Schaffhauser 05/07/15 The University of Michigan launched its Office of Digital Education & Innovation (DEI) a little more than a year ago.

During that time DEI has blossomed with three labs. The Learning, Education and Design (LED) Lab is focused on doing research and scholarship to understand how instructional technologies and digital media can be used in teaching, learning and collaboration. The Digital Education & Innovation Lab (DEIL) instantiates new digital courses, including MOOCs, and helps develop open educational resources. And the Digital Innovation Greenhouse (DIG) emphasizes development of software specifically to help students.

Link to Campus Technology article