Thomas Finholt, vice provost for academic and budgetary affairs, and his budget team works collaboratively with the provost in setting and implementing policy pertaining to academic and budgetary issues, and serves 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:
- Working with the vice provosts for academic and faculty affairs and equity and inclusion on financial aspects of faculty recruitment and retention.
- Helping to oversee the strategic assessments of the university’s schools and colleges.
- Strategic planning for university initiatives and long-term sustainability.
- Working with the vice provost for enrollment management on planning of university enrollments and financial aid to align with budgetary priorities.
- Working with schools and colleges in gaining approval for new and/or modified degree programs.
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
Brent Johnston, Assistant Vice Provost for Academic and Budgetary Affairs
Patricia Kneeland, Executive Assistant
Fadi Musleh, Senior Project Manager, Space Planning and Utilization
Karen Zaruba, Assistant Vice Provost for Academic and Budgetary Affairs
Note: staffing changes will not be reflected in the SPG-hosted org chart as quickly as in the list above.
Annual General Fund Budget Presentations to the Board of Regents
Office of Budget and Planning
Approval Process for Academic Degree Programs
Building and Space Planning
Student Outreach on Budgetary Matters