“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.

An inaugural celebration

Sarah C. Mangelsdorf makes her way to the stage during her inauguration ceremony in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. (University of Rochester photo / J. Adam Fenster)

In a ceremony filled with tradition, music, laughter, and optimism, Sarah C. Mangelsdorf was formally invested Friday afternoon as the University of Rochester’s 11th president.

“The University of Rochester was built by the people of Rochester,” said President Mangelsdorf in her inaugural address. “We are not just a University in this community. We are a University of this community.”

President Mangelsdorf elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

The University’s chief executive joins more than 200 inductees elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the nation’s most highly regarded honors for artistic, academic, and scientific leaders who engage in advancing the public good.

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Follow the president’s ‘Listening and Learning’ tour on Instagram

President Mangelsdorf began her listening and learning tour on her first day in office. She’s meeting with University and civic leaders, staff, community organizations, local media, students, parents, and alumni around the country.

On her Instagram feed at @urochestermangelsdorf she has shown the breadth of her tour, as well as, she hopes, its depth. “I don’t like to just make appearances,” she says. “I like to get to know people.”

More about the University


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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Culture of Respect

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

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