Sarah C. Mangelsdorf
President, University of Rochester
What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned in your career?
My entire career has taught me the irreplaceable value of collaboration and consensus. Unilateral decisions may be effective — and necessary — in the immediate term, but the best and most enduring decisions are those where stakeholders have had input into the process.
What’s been your biggest success?
My biggest success has been the success of the students and colleagues that I have mentored. The pride I feel when a student I have taught and advised with receives tenure, or a colleague that I have worked with is appointed to a leadership position is indescribable.
Who have been the biggest mentors in your career?
I have been fortunate to have had many mentors throughout my life, beginning with my family. My late parents encouraged my sense of intellectual curiosity and instilled in me the values of the academy. But I have also had some wonderful teachers throughout my career including my undergraduate advisor, who had his Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Rochester, who encouraged me to go on to graduate school.
What are your hopes for the Rochester community this year?
As the pandemic subsides, I hope that the University of Rochester can extend and enhance our already-strong commitment to community engagement and to economic and social justice within the City of Rochester and the region more broadly. I also hope the entire community can once again experience all of the wonderful cultural opportunities this city has to offer — from music to theater to the arts.
What do you do to unplug in your free time?
I’m an avid runner and often jog through campus and the neighborhoods surrounding the university’s River Campus. These days I am cross-country skiing. I also love to go to the Public Market on Saturdays. And as soon as it is safe, I look forward to concerts in Kodak Hall, movies at the Little Theatre and dinners out at some of our great restaurants.