Parents and Families

Meet the University of Michigan’s 15th President: Dr. Santa J. Ono

Dear Parents and Families,

For more than 200 years, the University of Michigan has been a leader in research, learning and teaching. Today, the University of Michigan’s Board of Regents voted Dr. Santa J. Ono, an accomplished biomedical researcher and president and vice-chancellor of the University of British Columbia, as the 15th president of the University of Michigan.

Dr. Ono, who previously served as the president of the University of Cincinnati and senior vice-provost and deputy to the provost at Emory University, will officially step into the U-M role effective Oct. 13. To learn more about today’s exciting announcement, we encourage you to visit the president-elect announcement page.

Throughout his career as an educator, researcher and university administrator, Dr. Ono has distinguished himself as a thoughtful innovator, an adept communicator and a leader with a proven track record of meeting the most pressing challenges facing higher education.

We recognize the immense trust you and your Wolverine place in us to educate, support and empower those who choose to Go Blue. During the university’s comprehensive national search for our next leader, we heard from many members of our community, including our Wolverines’ parents, families and loved ones. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and expectations—and for being a part of this process.

Important Updates related to COVID-19

Dear U-M student family member,
We want to provide important updates that have been shared directly with your student
related to COVID-19. We also want to assure you U-M health professionals are actively
monitoring the rapidly changing developments, and making appropriate recommendations
to promote a safe and healthy environment for your student.

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A COVID Update

Dear Parents and Families,

We wanted to make sure you were aware of the latest COVID-19 campus information as we approach the upcoming spring break.

On Friday, the Campus Maize and Blueprint website was updated with a university message, which included information on continued case number improvements on campus and in the county, testing guidance for spring break travel, U-M’s face covering requirement, and vaccination stats and booster compliance.      

As a reminder, your Wolverine was required to report their COVID-19 booster information by Feb. 4, or as soon as possible based on their eligibility. If they have not done so already, they should get a booster as soon as possible and upload their information using the form in Wolverine Access to avoid accountability measures. 

In addition, a new resource is available to help your Wolverine determine whether they are in compliance with the U-M vaccination policy, including the booster requirement.

To stay up to date throughout the week, you may also view the Campus Maize and Blueprint site. 

Register for presidential search listening sessions

​Dear Parents and Families,

Beginning this week, campus community members are invited to attend a virtual listening session to share expectations for the new University of Michigan president and perspectives on the ideal candidate profile.  

We are writing to personally invite you to register to join your student and other campus community members and supporters at one of the following sessions: 

While each session will focus on a particular university constituency, individuals are welcomed to attend any session that works with their schedule. 

These sessions will allow Regents and members of the Presidential Search Committee to hear from you, and participants will be asked to focus their comments on two questions:

  • During the next three to five years, what priorities should the new president set to be successful?
  • What background, qualifications, and experience should the next president possess to be successful in advancing the University mission?

Registration is required to attend. 

In addition, those who are unable to attend or who would like to share additional thoughts are welcome to complete this online survey.

For additional information, visit the presidential search website.

A Campus Leadership Transition Update

​Dear Parents and Families,

We wanted to make sure you were aware of the U-M Board of Regents announcement Saturday evening removing Mark Schlissel as president of the University of Michigan and appointing Mary Sue Coleman as interim president.

This change in campus leadership comes after an investigation revealed that Dr. Schlissel failed to act in a manner consistent with the dignity and reputation of the University. 

Earlier today, President Coleman sent your student this emailed message, which affirmed her commitment to working with the campus community during this period of transition to advance the values and the excellence that define the University of Michigan.

During her career as a faculty member and administrator, President Coleman has been a national leader in higher education. She is president emerita of the University of Michigan, serving as the University’s 13th president from 2002-2014. 

Previously, President Coleman oversaw the groundbreaking partnership with Google to digitize the University’s 7 million-volume library, revitalized student living and learning experiences through a residential life initiative, and worked tirelessly to promote economic revitalization and innovation within the state of Michigan.

Additionally, we recognize that the nature of this news may elicit strong emotions among some members of our campus community. Campus resources are available for your Wolverine: