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
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.
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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!”
Sarah C. Mangelsdorf
President and G. Robert Witmer, Jr. University Professor
University of Rochester
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.Read more
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.See University administration
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.View the Vision and Values statement
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.Learn more and stay informed
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