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Thomas Finholt, vice provost for academic and budgetary affairs, and his budget team work collaboratively with the provost in setting and implementing policy pertaining to academic and budgetary issues, and serve as a liaison to deans and directors in many areas of academic and budgetary affairs.

The vice provost for academic and budgetary affairs and the Office of the Provost budget team host the annual budget planning meetings with the deans of each of the 19 schools and colleges, directors of the various other units, and their administrative officer(s). Upon the completion of these meetings, the provost and vice provost, in collaboration with the president and the budget team, prepare a final general fund budget, which is presented to the Regents, typically at the June meeting.

The vice provost for academic and budgetary affairs also helps to oversee the strategic management and allocation of over 17 million square feet of general fund space on the Ann Arbor campus. This oversight includes advising the provost in planning and prioritizing major capital projects (new buildings, building additions, and major renovations) and determining capital projects eligible for central funding. It also includes determining when off-campus lease space may be needed and monitoring campus classroom use and needs. On the facilities side, the vice provost partners with the associate vice president for facilities and operations to determine priorities for major facility maintenance investments in general fund buildings.

Examples of additional responsibilities of this position include:

Center for Academic Innovation

CAI Website

James DeVaney, Associate Vice Provost for Academic Innovation and Founding Executive Director for the Center for Academic Innovation

The University of Michigan Center for Academic Innovation (CAI) is committed to bringing educational opportunities from the University of Michigan to a global network of lifelong learners. Through curricular innovation, tools for student success and equity, and educational research and analytics, the center is working toward a future in which education connects and empowers learners on campus and beyond to reach their full potential throughout their lives.

To realize our vision, we make it our mission to collaborate across campus and around the world to create equitable, lifelong educational opportunities for learners everywhere. We invite academic units and campus partners to work with us to further our shared goals and develop the university’s blended future.

CAI develops online, hybrid, and blended learning programs; creates educational technology tools and platforms that support student success and equity; offers educational research and learning analytics services; creates extended reality experiences; and provides guidance through education and innovation policy support.

University of Michigan Center for Innovation in Detroit

Scott Shireman, Director, University of Michigan Center for Innovation in Detroit

The University of Michigan Center for Innovation in Detroit (UMCI) is poised to revolutionize education and public/private partnerships, shaping the future of innovation and entrepreneurship in the heart of Detroit. Anchored by a commitment to equitable economic development, UMCI will offer a spectrum of world-class research, education, and entrepreneurship programs. The center’s focus on technology and innovation will include master’s degrees, workforce development in areas like programming, data science, and leadership, and robust community engagement initiatives. UMCI envisions itself as a transformative hub inspiring generations through hands-on learning experiences, connections with industry leaders, and the boundless possibilities at the intersection of education and innovation. Positioned near a proposed mixed-use development in The District Detroit, UMCI aims to drive economic growth, job creation, and empower Detroit residents to dream big and transform those dreams into realities.

Staff

Thomas Finholt, Vice Provost for Academic and Budgetary Affairs
Tammy Bimer, Associate Vice Provost for Academic and Budgetary Affairs and Executive Director, Office of Budget and Planning
Kimberly Brown, Executive Assistant
Lauren Atkins Budde, Director, Academic Content Strategy
Parker Cruz, Executive Assistant
James DeVaney, Associate Vice Provost for Academic Innovation and Founding Executive Director for the Center for Academic Innovation
Brent Johnston, Assistant Vice Provost for Academic and Budgetary Affairs
Fadi Musleh, Assistant Vice Provost for Academic and Budgetary Affairs, Space and Capital Planning
Lauren Plews, Senior Project Manager, Space and Capital Planning
Scott Shireman, Director, University of Michigan Center for Innovation in Detroit
Lucy Snyder, Finance Director, University of Michigan Center for Innovation in Detroit

Karen Zaruba, Assistant Vice Provost for Academic and Budgetary Affairs

Organization Chart
Note: staffing changes will not be reflected in the SPG-hosted org chart as quickly as in the list above.

Websites

Annual General Fund Budget Presentations to the Board of Regents
Office of Budget and Planning
Approval Process for Academic Degree Programs
Space and Capital Planning
Student Outreach on Budgetary Matters
Center for Academic Innovation
Center for Research on Learning and Teaching (CRLT)
University of Michigan Center for Innovation in Detroit