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.

  • Citizens Research Council of Michigan has released an analysis of Proposal 15-1: Sales and Motor Fuel Tax Increases Related to Transportation Funding, which will appear on the statewide ballot at a special election on May 5, 2015.

    Proposal 15-1 has the dual objective of increasing state funding for transportation repair and maintenance and modifying the taxation of motor fuels to guarantee that all taxes paid at the pump are directed to transportation purposes. Read the analysis here.

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

  • The University of Michigan School of Information and the City of Jackson, Michigan have embarked on a three-year Citizen Interaction Design initiative to engage citizens with government. Read more and watch video's here.

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

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  • 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

Schlissel, Peters Headline at U-M Congressional Breakfast:
Snyder Adds Welcome at DC Event

U-M President Schlissel and Rep. Debbie Dingell at the U-M Congressional Breakfast 2015
U-M President Mark Schlissel visits with Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn) at the annual University of Michigan Congressional Breakfast. Over 300 alumni, corporate sponsors, members of Congress and others attended the annual event in Washington on Wednesday. (credit: Freed Photography)

3/26/15 By Mike Waring, U-M Washington Office
U-M President Mark Schlissel told a Washington DC audience Wednesday that government and business leaders will be “essential partners” as the University of Michigan works strategically on the biggest problems facing the nation.

Keynote speaker Senator Gary Peters (D) also addressed the audience of over 300 alumni, lawmakers and friends of the university. In his comments, Peters lauded the university’s efforts to commercialize much of its research for the benefit of the public.

Also in attendance was Michigan Governor Rick Snyder (R), who thanked the breakfast attendees for their support. The University of Michigan Club of Greater Washington sponsors the Congressional Breakfast annually, with all proceeds supporting local scholarships that help DC-area students attend U-M.
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DATE: Tuesday, April 28, 2015
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Christman/MML Building, First Floor, 208 North Capitol Avenue, Lansing, MI. 48933
Featured speaker:Dr. David Chesney, UM Lecturer in Computer Science and Engineering
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