“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.

State of the University Address

This video was recorded on September 25, 2020 and is available for viewing on YouTube and Vimeo.

In her first “State of the University” address, recorded in the Welles-Brown Room of Rush Rhees Library, President Mangelsdorf provides a wide-ranging update to the University community. Timed to release on what would have been the annual Meliora Weekend, Mangelsdorf praises students, faculty, and staff, for their commitment to safely reopening campus and discusses the current hybrid learning environment. “Everyone at the University has made a COVID-19 Community Commitment to staying healthy and keeping other members of our community healthy, too,” she says.

One year after celebrating her inauguration, Mangelsdorf highlights the extraordinary research, scholarship, and academic inquiry taking place at Rochester despite recent disruptions. “Certainly the world has changed,” she says, “and the University of Rochester is adapting to change with it.”

“I believe that in these challenging times, we have not just an opportunity, but an obligation, to make an impact,” she says.

Additional links and resources

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 on Instagram

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.”

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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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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