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.

  • Gov. Rick Snyder's recommended 6.1 percent budget increase for state universities is "great news for students and families in the state of Michigan," says Cynthia H. Wilbanks, U-M vice president for government relations. Record Article

  • 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


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Article titled Reviving Detroit at it's Roots, by Jenny Whalen, from the U-M Law Quadrangle newsletter
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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)

URC a major factor in Michigan's 'Blue Economy'
(Michigan and Great Lakes Water Resources)

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

U-M Health System / Health Insurance

Entrepreneurship + Innovation

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:
Elections 2014
Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
NOTE: Christman Building, 1st Floor
Featured speaker: Political Scientist and Communications Professor Michael Traugott
View our 2013/14 Caucus Videos here

2014 Caucus Schedule: PDF

Energy Institute Blog

    Energy Institute Research Areas:
  • Energy Storage & Efficiency
  • Low-Carbon Electricity
  • Clean Transportation
  • Policy and Social Impact

Includes The Michigan Memorial Phoenix Energy Institute (MMPEI)