Sarah Mangelsdorf

Sarah Mangelsdorf

Sarah Mangelsdorf

President, University of Rochester

Years in current role: 3.5

What are your priorities for 2023?

Developing the university’s new strategic plan. We’ve spent the past year engaging with university constituencies to make sure we composed a plan that will chart our course to be a global research university and academic medical center of the future. We are also focused on strengthening our ties to our community; continuing to diversify our student body, faculty, and staff; advancing our standing as one of the nation’s leading research universities; and finding new and innovative ways that the University of Rochester can be a partner to help make our community an even better place.

What advice would you give young professionals in the Rochester business community?

Rochester has suffered from young professionals departing for what they believe to be greener pastures. This is one of the greatest challenges our community faces. Often times, they return when they are ready to raise a family. I would challenge young professionals to stay in Rochester and make their contributions here. The Finger Lakes Region has so much to offer including housing that’s more affordable than larger metropolitan areas, and a vibrant dining and entertainment scene. If we can keep our young professionals here, that’s how we grow stronger as a region.

What do you think will be different about the Rochester community in five years?

The University is exploring a number of ways to invest further in our community. Already, we have opened our new Orthopaedics & Physical Performance Center at Marketplace Mall in Henrietta. We are working on a significant expansion to the Strong Memorial Emergency Room that will have greater and distinctive treatment areas for adult and pediatric patients. Overall, we hope to have an even stronger presence to support the growing needs of our community and region, with an emphasis on the city of Rochester.

This profile is part of Rochester Business Journal's Power 100 list for 2023. Information used in this profile was sourced from the honoree. View the full list at