The Michigan State University campus and the various constituent communities want and deserve change. The university is at an opportune time in its institutional history to begin to deliver on real change. Implementing the necessary shift in culture has to be the responsibility of all MSU stakeholders and guided by principles grounded in best practices.

The Dean’s Council has been actively engaged in conversations about changes to work towards. Each initiative provides a framework for advancing our mission and values by outlining very specific actions academic leaders intend to pursue. To this end, the Dean’s Council is committed to the following four initiatives:

This framework will provide a sustainable, institutionally embedded structure to foster change, promote MSU’s core values, and transform the university’s culture. Additionally, such a framework will create a mechanism for holding MSU and individual units accountable for doing the necessary work to continually foster diversity, equity, and inclusion. Based on years of experience, expertise, multi-institutional research, and best practices, the MSU Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives has identified six institutional focus areas for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion at MSU and from which unit efforts can emanate and be expanded upon.
Read the June 2018 white paper.
Read the April 2019 focus areas and definitions.

The Michigan State University Board of Trustees selected Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D., as its next university president at a special meeting. President-designee Stanley officially began his term as Michigan State’s 21st president on Aug. 1, 2019.
Learn more about the search process here.

Building upon efforts started last year, Michigan State University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D. is restructuring the administration of the colleges of Human Medicine, Nursing and Osteopathic Medicine, as well as the university’s health clinics, to be better aligned in patient care, education and research.​
Read more at MSU Today.

As a globally engaged public research university, MSU is extremely complex with a multifaceted mission and widely varied audiences. Our communications model must take this complexity into account, as well as organizational readiness for change, emerging technologies and trends, and audience expectations. We are moving from a decentralized communications and marketing structure to a connected, collaborative communications and marketing management structure by adding dotted-line, joint reporting to University Communications for lead communications managers.
Learn more here.