1. Meet & Greet with Mayor Mike Duggan

    Mark Rivett posted February 24, 2021

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    Mike Duggan

    Detroit Mayor, Mike Duggan

    Learn more about City of Detroit Summer Fellowships 2021

    The positions are paid a $600/week stipend with a $600 bonus upon successful completion.

    Positions are project based.

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  2. Chris Kolb Named Vice President for Government Relations

    Mark Rivett posted December 18, 2020

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    Chris KolbChris Kolb, who currently serves as Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s state budget director, has been appointed vice president for government relations at the University of Michigan.

    Kolb has more than 20 years of public service experience in the government and nonprofit sectors, including three terms in the Michigan House of Representatives.

    His five-year appointment — effective Jan. 19 — is authorized by President Mark Schlissel and follows the recommendation from a national search conducted by a search advisory committee. The appointment will be reported to the Board of Regents at its February meeting.

    President Mark Schlissel

    Mark Schlissel: University of Michigan President

    “I am pleased to announce the appointment of Chris Kolb as the vice president for government relations at the University of Michigan,” Schlissel said. “Chris has embraced public service throughout his career, with extensive experience in state and local government, public policy and community relations.”

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  3. VP for Government Relations Cynthia Wilbanks announces year-end retirement

    Mark Rivett posted July 15, 2020

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    Cynthia H. Wilbanks, who has served as the University of Michigan’s vice president for government relations for 22 years, will retire at year’s end. She shared the news with colleagues this week.

    Wilbanks, a U-M alumna, directs the university’s government relations efforts at the local, state and federal levels. She also serves as special adviser to President Mark Schlissel on the development and growth of the University Research Corridor as well as non-research based external economic development activities.

    Cynthia Wilbanks

    Cynthia H. Wilbanks: Vice President for the Office of Government Relation

    “It’s been an incredible privilege to work with the leadership of U-M, across the institution and across the state, to expand and promote the impact of this university on the people of our great state,” Wilbanks said.

    “It has also been an honor to work with so many others in higher education and with those in local, state and federal government to expand the reach of U-M and to help improve the lives of state residents.”

    Her responsibilities as vice president include planning and developing the institution’s response to proposed legislation, developing and maintaining effective relationships with governmental agencies and officials, and analyzing and assessing legislative, administrative and regulatory activities as they pertain to university programs, activities and operations. State outreach activities, and the Economic Growth Institute also report to her.

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