Welcome from the president

Dr. Kimberly Andrews Espy - Investiture speech
Dr. Kimberly Andrews Espy - Investiture speech

Wayne State University has recently been recognized as a national exemplar of student success, offering a broad diversity of students access to a world-class education, hands-on research, community and industry experiences, and opportunities to thrive in the classroom and beyond. Our commitment to our students is to well prepare them for their careers and their thriving futures so they are able to support their families and contribute to our city and state’s economic vitality. From first-generation students to working parents and individuals from historically marginalized backgrounds, Wayne State’s doors have been open to all. Our doors will remain open now and into the future, as we will continue to welcome students from every background with a straightforward message: You belong here, and you will succeed.

The remarkable partnership between Wayne State and Detroit sets us apart from other universities in how a university and its community can advance the life and health of a city. Wayne State is blazing an unparalleled trail through its leadership in revitalizing Midtown, innovations spawned through TechTown, the lifesaving research that is improving community health, and the graduates who go on to supply the city and state’s workforce. And we benefit from supportive partners across the city who join us in promoting research, enhancing the city’s cultural scene and providing students with access to opportunities that give them an edge in their careers.

We have achieved a great deal, and we have the tools to build on our momentum and accomplish even more together. We have a committed and great team, from our accomplished, supportive board and top leadership to our talented faculty and staff. We have a focused strategic plan that will guide us along the way. Our expanding research portfolio will allow us to address the challenges facing major cities and develop the advancements that make the world a better place. And we’ll continue to do it all from right here, on a thriving campus in the center of one of the world’s most exciting cities.

Dr. Kimberly Andrews Espy

Focus areas

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When research universities partner with thriving cities, great things happen. We are committed to the growth and revitalization of Detroit. Whether serving in local clinics, partnering with community organizations or using our expertise to serve Detroit’s residents, Warriors roll up their sleeves and give back to the city we call home.
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Student success

We offer top-tier academic programs led by faculty experts who guide students as they discover their passions and hone their strengths to chart their own path. Academic success resources, flexible schedules and course modalities, and collaborative learning communities address the needs of our diverse student body and give them the tools and support they need to graduate on time.
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Competitive workforce

Our academic programs build Michigan's educated workforce and equip students to embrace the challenges facing an ever-evolving world. Outside the classroom, we provide students with community research and service opportunities and internships with industry leaders to provide hands-on career experiences. Warriors can be found leading the way in Michigan’s boardrooms, hospitals, clinics, schools and law offices.
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Research and innovation

Our faculty are at the forefront of discovery, from bench to bedside and with application in community and industry to meet our world’s challenges, today and tomorrow. Simply put, we develop the breakthroughs that change how we live. As Detroit’s entrepreneurship and small-business hub, our TechTown is accelerating an inclusive and equitable economy for Detroit and Southeast Michigan.