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In November 2022, President Santa J. Ono announced the University of Michigan would initiate a ten-year strategic vision for the entire university including all three campuses and Michigan Medicine. This vision, called Vision 2034, will further strengthen and support our mission and core values into the future.

Our Mission

The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future.

Our Core Values

Our Vision 2034 will be anchored to the university’s core values that were developed by the university community through the Culture Journey initiative:

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    We act with honesty and take responsibility for our actions.

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    We act in a way that acknowledges the humanity and contributions of each individual.

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    We create an environment where all can participate, are invited to contribute, and have a sense of belonging.

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    We create conditions that provide everyone an opportunity to thrive.

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    We welcome, acknowledge and appreciate our similarities and differences.

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    We promote creativity and curiosity to tackle challenges and inspire new ideas.

The Process

The collective visioning process for Vision 2034 will occur throughout 2023 alongside other important U-M efforts, including Campus Planning — which will explore how the physical campus must evolve to support the future of U-M. It will build upon the insights and lessons learned from other ongoing university engagement efforts including Bold Challenges, Bold Ideas, Culture Journey, as well as Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. In addition, Vision 2034 will incorporate the strategic planning efforts occurring across the institution — including at UM–Dearborn, UM-Flint, and Michigan Medicine. It also will be informed by the 2023 U-M Audience Research Project findings, expected soon.

Our primary objectives are to:

  • Engage the university community at large in crafting a compelling vision for our shared future, grounded in our mission and values. Learn how to get involved.
  • Generate big ideas through town halls, surveys, focus groups and other forums.
  • Incorporate key themes from recent campuswide engagement efforts and other planning initiatives to inform the vision.
  • Deliver a shared vision for charting the path of the university into the next 10 years.
  • Enable university leadership to establish mechanisms to measure progress toward our vision over time.
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Vision 2034 Leadership

President Ono has charged the following university leaders with spearheading this effort to collaborate with the university community in developing our ten-year vision:

  • Geoffrey Chatas

    Geoffrey Chatas

    Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

    As EVPCFO, Mr. Chatas serves as one of three executive vice presidents reporting to the university president and serves as the president’s chief advisor on financial matters.

  • Laurie McCauley

    Laurie McCauley

    Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs

    Dr. Laurie McCauley is provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at the University of Michigan, overseeing the university’s academic and budgetary affairs.

  • Marschall S. Runge

    Marschall S. Runge

    Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean, U-M Medical School

    The University of Michigan Board of Regents appointed Marschall S. Runge Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs and CEO of Michigan Medicine in March, 2015 and Dean of the Medical School in January, 2016.

Project Team

  • Jenny Faust

    Project Lead for Vision 2034

  • Amy Bunch

    Chief of Staff, Office of EVPCFO

  • Christine Gerdes

    Special Counsel to the Provost, Office of the Provost

  • Quinta Vreede

    Chief Administrative Officer, Michigan Medicine and the Chief of Staff, Office of the EVPMA

  • Jon Kinsey

    Chief of Staff, Office of the President

  • Dana Elger

    Communications Manager, Office of Public Affairs

Advisory Committee

An advisory committee has been established to represent the diverse perspectives of the U-M community. View the advisory committee charge→

Members include representation from the following areas:
  • UM-Dearborn
  • UM-Flint
  • Academic Affairs (2)
  • Faculty (2)
  • Senate Advisory Committee on University Affairs (SACUA)
  • Student (2)
  • Michigan Medicine
  • Office of the VP for Communications
  • Office of the VP for Government Relations
  • Office of the VP for Student Life
  • University Human Resources (UHR)
  • Office of University Development (OUD)
  • Business & Finance
  • Office of the VP for Research
  • Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (ODEI)
  • Sustainability
  • Office of the CIO and VP for Information and Technology Services
  • Athletics
  • Office of the VP and General Counsel (OGC)
  • Office of the Vice President and Secretary of the University
  • Campus Planning