The Future University Community
The first Presidential Bicentennial Colloquium of 2017 includes a discussion among journalist Michele Norris, Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court Sonia Sotomayor, and Justice Susanne Baer of the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany. U-M's Bicentennial will feature three colloquia exploring the ever-evolving role of the modern university and how it can better serve the common good.
President's Leadership Breakfast
"We have the talent to advance excellence and achieve impact, at levels befitting both our legacy and our potential," President Schlissel says in announcing Poverty Solutions at the University of Michigan, an Academic Innovation initiative, and a recommendation for U-M's first Chief Diversity Officer.
New Student Convocation
President Schlissel encouraged the incoming freshmen, “You have arrived at U-M at a very important moment. This is your first year in college, a time to explore, to learn, to grow — to challenge the present.”
Requiem for Orlando
During a memorial concert at Hill Auditorium, President Schlissel tells mourners: "We must fully and clearly reject all forms of discrimination, hatred, and violence."
Congrats, Class of 2016
President Schlissel tells graduates: “You are America’s talent, the drivers of its competitiveness, and the next generation of its problem solvers and leaders.”
Athletic Director Announcement
President Schlissel Jan. 29, 2016, announces the appointment of Warde Manuel as the Donald R. Shepherd Director of Athletics.
Ideas and Observations
President Schlissel discusses U-M's strengths, challenges and opportunities during lunch with the university's Gates Millennium scholars. The competitive program promotes academic excellence and leadership and service opportunities at campuses across the U.S.
Community Assembly
Students, faculty and staff share ideas and listen to one another as Pulitzer-Prize winner Clarence Page emcees the discussion on diversity, equity and inclusion at U-M. President Schlissel invited all members of the U-M community to the assembly.
This is Michigan
Michigan’s breadth of excellence affords it a unique opportunity to help address society’s most important challenges in the years ahead.
areas of
focus

President Schlissel is working to position the University of Michigan for perpetual excellence and public impact in research, creative work, performance and education. His primary areas of focus include:

U-M Bicentennial 1817-2017

Always Leading. Forever Valiant.

The University of Michigan holds a special place in American higher education. As we launch U-M’s third century, our Bicentennial gives us the opportunity to celebrate our collective achievements while also examining the complex challenges facing today’s academy.

President’s Bicentennial Colloquia