office of the chancellor

Welcome to the Office of the Chancellor

The Office of the Chancellor represents the leadership of the University of Michigan-Flint, led by Deba Dutta, the eighth Chancellor of the university.

This site contains information about Chancellor Dutta, major campus initiatives, and executive communications and events. Explore, learn, and connect with Chancellor Dutta through this site.

Message from the Chancellor

Chancellor Deba Dutta


Welcome to the University of Michigan-Flint, one of three campuses of the world-renowned University of Michigan. At UM-Flint, we share the same commitment to excellence that is the hallmark of the nation’s leading public university. 

A regional comprehensive university, UM-Flint is known as an exceptional educational value with one of the state’s most affordable tuition rates. We are proud to offer the famous Go Blue Guarantee that enables qualifying in-state students to attend UM-Flint for free. This is an exceptional opportunity for Michigan families. We have also made a historic investment in student success with our Blue for You initiative which provides scholarships, grants, and resources to all students. Removing barriers to education and creating opportunities for students is an ideal we have put into practice at UM-Flint. 

We are a diverse community of learners and scholars. Our outstanding faculty are devoted to teaching, research, and engagement. Our six schools and colleges offer high-quality academic programs that meet the needs of our students and the 21st century workforce. Our newest unit, the College of Innovation & Technology, offers degree programs that our faculty have developed in close collaboration with industry leaders. We are training students for jobs of the future.

Mentorship and guidance is key to helping our students receive a well-rounded, versatile education. We work with K-12 partners, community colleges, businesses, and non-profit organizations to make certain that our students get high value co-curricular opportunities. This includes many unique programs where students can choose to engage in community-based projects, summer internships, study abroad and more.

We are fully committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Not only are these principles embedded in our daily work enriching the campus experience, but they also guide and shape the future of our institution. Faculty and staff in our Urban Institute for Racial, Economic, & Environmental Justice conduct translational research to advance equity and inclusion considerations in solutions to the big challenges of our time.

The 2021-2022 academic year is going to be our best yet. As we return to the campus this fall, we have made significant efforts to take into consideration the many ways to provide an exceptional educational experience for students. That means we have more course offerings in various modalities, from traditional face-to-face, to fully online, and everything in between. Our faculty and staff will support and guide our students as we return to full operations of the campus. 

In September 2021, we will mark the 65th anniversary of the founding of the first University of Michigan campus to be located outside of Ann Arbor. We are proud of our heritage and accomplishments of these last decades. As we reflect on how far we have come, we are charting the course for a promising future for UM-Flint that creates new and exciting opportunities for our students as we prepare them for fulfilling careers.

I am honored to serve as the eighth chancellor of UM-Flint. I began my career as a mechanical engineering faculty member in Ann Arbor, while my wife, Fataneh, was a management faculty member at UM-Flint for almost twenty years. As I begin my third year as chancellor, I am proud of our collective response to challenges, our ability to achieve despite unprecedented obstacles, and our commitment to serve our students and the community through education and engagement.

Go Blue!
Deba Dutta

Resolve, Recommitment, Results: The Promise and Possibilities of UM-Flint

Watch Chancellor Deba Dutta’s February 11, 2021 presentation to the university community.