The Board of Regents will cancel its formal session in January 2014 to instead meet in an informal, strategic session in New York City. The meetings will take place Jan. 16-17. Board Chair Andrea Fischer Newman made the announcement Friday during the board’s meeting on the UM-Flint campus.
In January of this year the board met in an informal strategic session for the first time in many years and found it to be a very valuable experience, Fischer Newman said. Given the context of searching for a new president and launching a major fundraising campaign, the board agreed that another similar session would be valuable.
“The strategic session will allow us to focus on the future of this university and its important place in higher education for our state, our region and the nation,” she said.
The board and university leaders will confer with several experts in higher education and academic medical centers and also meet with alumni and donors. U-M has more than 26,000 alumni in New York.
Among those the board will meet with are these higher-education thought leaders:
• Bill Bowen, president emeritus of Princeton University and former president of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
• Peter Salovay, president of Yale University.
• Ed Miller, retired executive vice president for medical affairs at Johns Hopkins University.
• Mike Johns, retired executive vice president for medical affairs at Emory University.
The board will resume its regular schedule of meetings in Ann Arbor Feb. 20, 2014.