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.

  • Read about what Michigan universities and businesses have accomplished by teaming up to help each other and the state during the recent recession. National Journal article.

  • U-M ranks as a top university in World Reputation Rankings U-M is ranked as the 15th top university in the world according to the Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings released Wednesday. Read more

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

  • U-M hospital care: Best in Michigan, among the best in the nation, says U.S. News. High national ranking for 12 U-M adult and 10 children's specialties continues two-decade trend. Read more

  • 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

Art & Design to launch new maker space in Detroit neighborhood

October 8, 2014 Students and faculty at the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design will work with a neighborhood alliance in Detroit to launch an incubator for creative enterprises and a community space for developing skills.

The Stamps School is using a $100,000 grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation's Knight Arts Challenge, which funds ideas that engage and enrich Detroit through the arts.

Working with the Brightmoor Alliance and Detroit Community Schools, the Stamps School will repurpose an underused property to launch the Brightmoor Maker Space.

The Maker Space will nurture creative engagement in the area, offering art and design workshops from prototyping and 3-D printing, to hands on work in wood, to entrepreneurship programming, and more. The Maker Space will also include locally driven entrepreneurial initiatives. Read more

Featured Topics

Business Engagement Center (BEC)


  • SPARK Business Accelerator
    The SPARK Business Accelerator speeds up the development of start-ups in the region with a variety of valuable services. It is designed to shorten the time required to attract capital, customers, or other resources.
  • Spark News & Events
  • CEO Krutko Presents at National Summit on Autonomous Vehicles

University Research Corridor (URC)

  • New Lightweight Metals Institute to be Headquartered in Detroit Read article
  • URC a major factor in Michigan's 'Blue Economy' (Michigan and Great Lakes Water Resources)5/29/14 Read U-Record articleView Report
  • University Presidents promote URC's strong showing among eight leading U.S. research clusters during NYC visit. Read article

Compliance Resource CenterThe Compliance Resource Center includes practical information about compliance topics, and more.

U-M Health System / Health Insurance

Entrepreneurship + Innovation

  • Entrepreneurs apply by 8/19 for Transportation for Tomorrow Investor Matching Event
  • Computer Science with Soul: Engineering class invents new assistive technology for 13 year old. Video & article

Michigan Engineering
MconneX: Lectures On-Demand

  • View a series of videos by Professor Bryce C. Pilz, designed to assist entrepreneurs during their start up period. The series covers over 60 topics, including patents, copyrights and trademarks. The videos were designed to help guide startups through the important basic concepts of intellectual property.

The Center for Local,State and Urban Policy (CLOSUP)

Alumni Advocacy

The Legislative Advocacy program promotes the value of public higher education to elected officials in the State of Michigan. Volunteers in the program communicate with officials on the State appropriation bill, as well as other non-budget issues as needed.

Wolverine Caucus

Next Caucus Event: Fits like a glove? The ACA in the Mitten
DATE: TWednesday, January 28, 2015,
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
NOTE: Christman Building, 1st Floor
Featured speaker: Marianne Udow-Phillips,
Director of the UM Center for Healthcare Research & Transformation
View our 2013/14 Caucus Videos here
2014 Caucus Schedule: PDF

Energy Institute Blog

8/4/14 ANN ARBOR – The American shale gas boom has the potential to revitalize domestic manufacturing, and a new report from a University of Michigan-led panel recommends steps to make that happen in a responsible manner.

Includes The Michigan Memorial Phoenix Energy Institute (MMPEI)