Statements

  1. Statement at June 2024 Board of Regents

    June 20, 2024

    (As prepared for delivery) As we begin, I’d especially like to thank Sarah Hubbard, our outgoing chair. In a year in which we have faced significant challenges, Sarah has been a committed leader, a steadfast supporter, and a passionate advocate for our university. During her tenure we broke ground on the U-M Center for Innovation …

  2. Statement at May 2024 Board of Regents

    May 16, 2024

    (As prepared for delivery) I’d like to begin by congratulating all of our recent graduates – Ann Arbor, Dearborn and Flint. We’re so proud of them, we’re so grateful for the time we shared with them, and we’re looking forward to all they will achieve with their University of Michigan degrees. I’m also pleased to …

  3. Statement at March 2024 Board of Regents

    March 28, 2024

    (As prepared for delivery) I’d like to begin by expressing my most sincere gratitude to Sally Churchill. This is her last meeting with us as U-M vice president and secretary, a position she has served in for nearly two decades. Sally will soon transition to service as special advisor to the vice president and secretary, …

  4. Statement at February 2024 Board of Regents

    February 15, 2024

    (As prepared for delivery) It’s a pleasure to be with all of you this afternoon. We’ve had a fantastic start to this new year, one that began with our football team bringing home the National Championship! It was an incredible season – our third successive victory over that School Down South; our third consecutive Big …

  5. Statements Regarding Coach Harbaugh’s Departure for NFL

    January 24, 2024

    University of Michigan President Santa Ono We have been in talks with Jim Harbaugh for the last several weeks and have tried our best to retain him as our football coach. Jim called me today and let me know that he has made the difficult decision to leave Michigan and join the Los Angeles Chargers …

  6. Statement at January 2024 Board of Regents

    January 16, 2024

    (As prepared for delivery) Good afternoon. I’d like to thank all of you for coming together for this special meeting of our Board of Regents. I wish I could be there in person, but am at a meeting in D.C.  We’ve come together for the purpose of adopting the University of Michigan’s Principles on Diversity …

  7. Statement at December 2023 Board of Regents

    December 7, 2023

    (As prepared for delivery) It’s a pleasure to be with all of you this afternoon, for our final meeting of 2023.  We’ve had a fantastic year together.  To be sure we have had our challenges. But we have also had a year of sustained growth and inspired achievement.  To offer just one example, at our …

  8. Statement on the death of Charlie Munger

    November 28, 2023

    I was heartbroken to hear of the passing of Charlie Munger, and join with his family and friends in mourning his passing. Charlie was a great friend of the University of Michigan, and even more, he was a member of our family. He was an undergraduate mathematics student at U-M in the 1940’s, and returned …

  9. Statement at October 2023 Board of Regents

    October 19, 2023

    (As prepared for delivery) Before we begin, I want to acknowledge that it has been a difficult two weeks for many in our community. We’ve watched in horror as the ongoing violence continues to unfold in the Middle East. I’ve had hundreds of students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents and others reach out to me to …

  10. Statement at September 2023 Board of Regents

    September 21, 2023

    (As prepared for delivery) Welcome to the first University of Michigan Board of Regents meeting of the new academic year.  We’re already off to a memorable and accomplished start.  I’d like to begin by welcoming Donna Fry, our interim chancellor for UM-Flint, to our first board meeting. She’ll be serving until the selection of a …