The words Bold Ideas on a colorful gradient background.
The words Bold Ideas on a colorful gradient background.
The words Bold Ideas on a colorful gradient background.


I’m pleased to share the early-stage concepts and bold ideas. Ultimately, the next campaign will include two major components:

1) Interdisciplinary, cross-university initiatives with strategic partners; and
2) Unique priorities for each school, college, and unit

Both are equally critical to success. 

The pages on this website represent the collaborative, interdisciplinary work generated by our academic leaders around five areas of focus:

 Enhancing Health and Wellness
 Exercising Democracy
 Living Environments for Tomorrow
 Saving the Planet
 Reimagining Equitable Education & the Future of Work

We all want a campaign that’s different from the rest—a campaign that leverages U-M’s potential like never before. You can play an important part in shaping both Michigan’s next campaign, and even more importantly, Michigan’s ability to have a positive impact on the world. 

Thanks for taking the time to engage in this important process.

Tom Baird

Vice President for Development

Cyclist on a rural road


John Ayanian (Director, Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation) and Patricia Hurn (Dean, School of Nursing)

The challenges to promote and maintain ideal health and wellness in our society are many, including health disparities, high costs, and a mental health crisis. U-M is uniquely positioned to address these issues with a focus on prevention.

Learn more about Health and Wellness

Voting booths


Thomas Finholt (Vice Provost for Academic and Budgetary Affairs/Former Dean, School of Information) and Christina Olsen (Director, University of Michigan Museum of Art)

Principles, institutions, and practices of democracy are under assault in the U.S. and elsewhere. As a public institution rooted in community engagement and service, U-M is uniquely positioned to help students build civic habits, increase engagement in the democratic process, and reinvigorate democracy.

Learn more about Exercising Democracy

Mcity busses driving on a street


Alec Gallimore (Robert J. Vlasic Dean of Engineering, College of Engineering) and Jonathan Massey (Dean, Taubman College of Architecture & Urban Planning)

A supportive, healthy living environment is essential for a good quality of life. And yet, so many of the places where we live today—from cities and suburbs to rural communities—have significant challenges. U-M can help address these challenges by rethinking and reshaping our living environments so everyone thrives.

Learn more about Tomorrow’s Living Environments

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Jennifer Haverkamp (Graham Family Director, Graham Sustainability Institute) and Jonathan Overpeck (Samuel A. Graham Dean, School for Environment and Sustainability)

Climate change and environmental degradation are among the most devastating crises of our time, creating existential risks and threatening to drastically diminish our quality of life. U-M can lead the mitigation efforts with research, education, and programs designed to both create resilience amidst unavoidable climate change and eliminate additional, currently avoidable impacts.

Learn more about Saving the Planet

Paper model of buildings


Earl Lewis (Director and Founder, Center for Social Solutions/College of Literature, Science, and the Arts ) and Elizabeth Birr Moje (Dean, School of Education)

While people everywhere have the ability to learn and achieve, access and opportunity are not evenly distributed. U-M will launch a transformation—at every stage of life—so that all have the opportunity to thrive.

Learn more about Reimagining Education and Work

Bold Ideas Summit

Friday, October 14, 2022
2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Alexander G. Ruthven Building
1109 Geddes Ave, Ann Arbor
Food with thought

Friday, October 14, 2022
Reception 6:30 p.m., Dinner 7:00 p.m.
Museum of Natural History
1105 North University Avenue, Ann Arbor
If you have questions about the Bold Ideas Summit, contact us at