Dear Colleagues and Friends,
I hope you all had a wonderful holiday break, and are as excited as I am about 2017 – it’s a big year! We’ll celebrate our university’s bicentennial with lots of fanfare, open a new school, and install a new interim provost, among many other initiatives yet to unfold. It’s a great time to learn more about this wonderful place we call the University of Michigan. I am so proud to be part of it and I hope that you are too!
As they say, life’s only constant is change. To me, embracing change is at the heart of our strategic goal of “leadership.” It’s about grabbing the reins of your own development and finding ways to grow. In my own life, one of the most impactful changes I made was when I moved away from the corporate world into a university setting. Among its many benefits, a campus career allowed me to live more in line with my personal values and spend more time with my family.
In the coming year, I hope you’ll embrace our strategic goal of leadership in whatever way makes sense for you. Whether you enroll in professional development to move your career in a new direction, learn a new skill to meet a challenge in your current role, or invest in your health to increase energy and focus – all are demonstrations of leadership.
I am grateful to work for an institution that values and invests in its people, and look forward to riding the waves of change in 2017 with all of you.
As always, I love hearing from you so please let me know what is on your mind and particularly how we can work together to make Business and Finance at the University of Michigan the best it can be.
Here’s to a great New Year!
P.S. Please mark your calendars for the annual U-M MLK Symposium on Monday, January 16, 2017, from 10:00-11:30 a.m. in Hill Auditorium, as this year we will join the rest of campus in celebrating MLK. More information, including transportation options, will be forthcoming.
Kevin P. Hegarty
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
University of Michigan