The University of Michigan-Flint adheres to the University of Michigan's traditional faculty governance model of campus leadership.
Chancellor Ruth J. Person is the seventh leader of the University of Michigan-Flint. Chancellor Person was approved to her position by the University of Michigan Board of Regents on June 19, 2008 and began her duties on August 18, 2008. Throughout her career, Chancellor Person has had rich and diverse experiences in higher education. She most recently served as the Chancellor of Indiana University at Kokomo for nine years. As an American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow, Person also worked as chief academic officer with the Arizona Board of Regents. Chancellor Person earned her bachelor's degree from Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania and received both her master's degree and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. She also holds an M.S. degree in administration from George Washington University School of Business and Public Management.
Gerard Voland, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, began his duties at UM-Flint on July 1, 2010. Voland holds the rank of Professor of Engineering in the Department of Computer Science, Engineering, and Physics within the College of Arts and Sciences. Before joining the UM-Flint, he served as Dean of the College of Engineering, Technology and Computer Science; Founding Director of the Center for Industrial Innovation and Design; and Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne for seven years. Provost Voland earned a bachelor of science and an master of science in physics from the University of California, Los Angeles, together with a Ph.D. in Engineering Design from Tufts University. He is the author of several textbooks and numerous journal articles.
David Barthelmes has had a distinguished career in corporate finance and administration. He was vice president of finance at Kelly Services in Troy, Michigan from 1996 to 2001 where he was responsible for global financial planning, budgeting, forecasting, and operational reporting to management. He is a CPA and holds of bachelor of science in accounting from Gannon University and a masters in business administration in finance from the University of Detroit. His Business and Finance unit at UM-Flint is comprised of several departments, including Human Resources, Public Safety, Procurement, and Financial Services.
Mary Jo Sekelsky has been employed at the University of Michigan-Flint since 1984. She was appointed to the position of vice chancellor in 2005. She holds a doctorate in curriculum and instruction from Wayne State University, a master degree in counseling from Oakland University, and a bachelor degree in psychology from Michigan State University. She is responsible for units which comprise the Division of Student Affairs, including Financial Aid, Registrar, Academic Advising and Career Center, and Student Life.
Vahid Lotfi is Associate Provost, Dean of Graduate Programs, and the acting Dean for the School of Management at the University of Michigan-Flint. He has served in that capacity since 2001, and currently oversees the Office of Graduate Programs, Information Technology Services, Office of Research, Office of Extended Learning, and the International Center. He also holds the rank of Professor of Management Science in the School of Management at UM-Flint. Lotfi has a bachelor of science in electrical engineering, master of science and Ph.D. in Operations Research, all from SUNY at Buffalo. He has published numerous research articles, and has co-authored five books in the areas of management science and operations management. He has presented in many national and international conferences, and also serves on the editorial advisory board of two scholarly journals.
Christine M. Waters was appointed Associate Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Studies in July, 2011. Professor Waters joined the faculty at the University of Michigan-Flint as a visiting assistant professor in 1987, was appointed as an assistant professor in 1988, was promoted to associate professor, with tenure, in 1994, and to professor in 2009. Associate Provost Waters received her Bachelor of Science degree, a Master of Arts and a terminal Master of Fine Arts degree in Painting from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1973, 1975 and 1977, respectively. She served in a number of administrative roles including Interim Associate Dean from 1997 through 2000, Associate Dean from 2000 through 2005, and Interim Dean from January 1 through May 10, 2007, for the College of Arts and Sciences. She also served as Acting Associate Provost from September 1, 2007 through August 17, 2008 and as Interim Associate Provost from August 1, 2009 through June 30, 2010. Associate Provost Waters was the founding professor of our current Art Program, now housed within the Department of Communication and Visual Arts and served several years as its Chair. In addition she served as Interim Director of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program, Chair of the Department of Music and Art, member of the Executive Committee and several other committees in the College of Arts and Sciences.
With a bachelor of arts in history from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and a Ph.D. in English literature from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, D.J. Trela has worked in higher education since 1985. He has served in multiple academic and administrative positions, including chair of the English Department and director of the School of Liberal Studies at Roosevelt University in Chicago. He became dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at UM-Flint in 1999. Trela is the author or editor of five books on Victorian literature and over 40 scholarly articles. He currently serves as chairman of the board of the Flint Cultural Center Corporation.
Bob Barnett is Interim Dean of the School of Education and Human Services at the University of Michigan-Flint. Before that, he served as Associate Dean in the College of Arts and Sciences from 2005-2011. He holds the rank of Professor of Rhetoric and Composition in the Department of English at UM-Flint. Barnett has a bachelor of arts in English from Alma College, master of arts in English from Central Michigan University, and Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition from The University of Nevada-Reno. He has published academic articles in classroom theory and practice, writing program administration, writing center administration, and most recently in general education reform. He also has published three books in the areas of writing center administration, writing across the curriculum theory and practice, and general education reform. He has also presented at numerous regional, national, and international conferences. Barnett is also the co-author of an original musical play on the life of American poet Allen Ginsberg, HOWL, and a collection of original poems, The Ghosts of Hallelujah Junction.
David Gordon comes to the University of Michigan-Flint from the Ann Arbor campus, where he served as Professor of Pathology, with tenure, and Associate Dean for Diversity and Career Development, University of Michigan School of Medicine. Dr. Gordon received his B.A. degree from Amherst College in 1973, and his M.D. from Harvard Medical School in 1979. While at Harvard, he completed a vascular biology research fellowship and went on to complete an internal medicine internship at the University of Massachusetts before training in anatomic pathology at the University of Washington in Seattle. Prior to joining the University of Michigan Medical School in 2001, Dr. Gordon served as a human diagnostic and experimental cardiovascular pathologist where he earned tenure and led an NIH-funded translational research laboratory. He was also the Director of Autopsy Services for the University of Washington’s University Hospital. In 1991 he joined the University of Michigan as an associate professor of pathology. His research and clinical interests were in the areas of human atherosclerosis biology and gene therapy for vascular diseases and he again led an NIH-funded translational research laboratory and also served as Assistant Dean for Faculty Affairs for the Medical School. From 1997 to 2001, Dr. Gordon worked for Pfizer Inc. in their Cardiovascular Therapeutics’ pre-clinical division where his group did further work on gene therapy for therapeutic angiogenesis.