“The University of Rochester is a very special place, and I am terribly honored to be trusted with its stewardship and its continued forward trajectory,” Mangelsdorf told those gathered for a press conference in Rush Rhees Library on December 17, 2018. (Credit: J. Adam Fenster / University of Rochester)
Sarah C. Mangelsdorf

Sarah C. Mangelsdorf became president of the University of Rochester on July 1, 2019. “I am grateful and honored to have been given the opportunity to lead one of the world’s great research universities,” she said in a message to the University community.

Tragedy in Buffalo

A Statement from President Sarah C. Mangelsdorf and Mercedes Ramírez Fernández

We write, in grief and disbelief, to condemn the terrible, racist violence perpetrated yesterday. This heinous crime happened in Buffalo, but we feel it here. We mourn for everyone whose loved ones were taken away from them because of the hate-filled actions of one person. We mourn for ourselves and our University community, too, because we are all part of a society where tragedies of this type continue to happen.

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A message from President Mangelsdorf

JULY 1, 2019

Dear Faculty, Students, Staff, Alumni, and Friends of the University of Rochester:

When I was younger, the first day of school always filled me with a combination of anticipation and trepidation. I recall the excitement of a new year filled with new opportunities and new learning, combined with the knowledge that I was also about to encounter new challenges and new unknowns. It feels a little bit like the first day of school again.

As I embark today on the presidency of this complex and wonderful institution known as the University of Rochester, I am mindful of both its storied past and its bright future – a future I hope we will pursue together. I look forward to working with all of you to accelerate our momentum, developing clear strategic objectives; strengthening our commitments to inclusive excellence; and continuing to raise the University’s profile, locally and around the world. And I look forward to supporting you in your research, teaching, and learning; in your creativity and entrepreneurial spirit; in the work you do providing healthcare to an ever-expanding patient base; in our community partnerships and engagement; and in all the numerous ways in which this University changes and improves lives.

I am grateful and honored to have been given the opportunity to lead one of the world’s great research universities, and to have all of you as colleagues and fellow stewards of the University of Rochester’s mission of making the world ever better. I look forward to meeting as many of you as I can, and if you see me out and about, I hope you’ll say “Hello!”

Warm regards,

Sarah C. Mangelsdorf

President and G. Robert Witmer, Jr. University Professor

University of Rochester

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President Mangelsdorf began her Instagram feed at @urochestermangelsdorf on her first day in office, sharing her unique view of our community as she connects with students, faculty, staff, civic leaders, local organizations, parents, and alumni. “I don’t like to just make appearances,” she says. “I like to get to know people.”

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President Mangelsdorf is supported by a cabinet that includes senior administrators, deans, and directors.

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Vision and Values

The University’s motto is Meliora—Latin for “ever better”. Embedded in that ideal are the values we share: equity, leadership, integrity, openness, respect, and accountability.

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Equity and Inclusion

Learn about meaningful steps the University community is taking to ensure all members of our community feel welcomed, valued, included, and supported.

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