Cabinet members advise and work closely with the Chancellor on a daily basis on both a short and long term initiatives in line with UM-Flint’s strategic goals.
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
Susan Alcock, Ph.D.
Susan E. (Sue) Alcock was appointed to the position of provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs in 2018. She holds a doctorate in Classical Archaeology and Classics from the University of Cambridge and bachelor degrees from Cambridge and Yale. She has taught at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and at Brown University where she was inaugural director of the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World. In 2015 she returned to Michigan as Special Counsel for Institutional Outreach and Engagement in the Office of the President, and as Professor of Classical Archaeology and Classics in Ann Arbor. In her role as Special Counsel she worked with the President on a variety of academic initiatives and projects, with a focus on developing and leveraging faculty, research, student and other connections between the Ann Arbor, Dearborn and Flint campuses. Alcock is a 2001 recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship and a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy.
Chief of Staff to the Chancellor
Tess Barker, J.D., Ph.D.
Tess Barker was appointed to the position of chief of staff to the Chancellor in 2015. She holds a doctorate in educational leadership and policy studies from the University of Iowa, a juris doctorate from the University of Iowa College of Law, a masters degree in counseling and college student personnel from the University of Maryland College Park and a bachelors in political science from the University of Minnesota. As chief of staff, Tess serves as advisor to and strategic partner with the Chancellor. She handles a variety of ongoing initiatives as well as getting involved in high priority projects and issues that arise. Tess staffs a number of Chancellor initiatives, be they specifically on campus or with the community at large.
Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
Christopher Giordano, Ph.D.
Christopher M. Giordano was appointed vice chancellor of student affairs effective August 1, 2018. Dr. Giordano holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education from the University of Toledo, a masters in Counseling Services from Upsala College (NJ), and a bachelors from Rowan University. He also earned a graduate certificate in Organizational Learning from Suffolk University. Dr. Giordano has over 25 years of experience in higher education and student affairs, most recently serving as the assistant vice president/dean of students at the City University of New York, College of Staten Island. Prior to CUNY, Dr. Giordano served in progressevely responsible student affairs leadership roles at the University of Connecticut, Suffolk University, Long Island University and Owens Community College. Dr. Giordano is well versed in all aspects of student affairs with broad management experience, strategic and operations leadership and a deep commitment to student success and urban higher education.
Vice Chancellor for Business and Finance
Michael Hague has served as the Divisional Controller for Student Business Operations at the University of Michigan since January 2013. Prior to that position he spent 6 years at Eastern Michigan University as the Executive Director of Business Services. He also held progressive leadership positions at Adrian College, starting as the Controller in 1994, leaving in 2006 as the Associate Vice President Financial Services. Mike spent two years at Ernst and Young in Toledo, Ohio in the tax department. He has a BBA in Accounting from Adrian College.
Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management
Kristi Hottenstein, Ph.D.
Kristi Hottenstein was appointed vice chancellor for enrollment management in 2017. With nearly two decades of experience in enrollment management and student affairs, Hottenstein served as vice president of student services at Jackson College and dean of students at Adrian College. She has led multiple enrollment and retention initiatives that resulted in significant enrollment increases and major improvements in retention. She has taught various courses in counseling, higher education, and college success strategies at both graduate and undergraduate levels. Hottenstein provides leadership in the field as a peer reviewer for associations like the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and as a member of the Michigan College Access Network’s Higher Education Advisory Council. She holds a doctorate in higher education administration from the University of Toledo, a masters in Higher Education Counseling from the University of LaVerne and a bachelors in Sociology from Alma College. Kristi is also a licensed professional counselor in the state of Michigan, and holds a supervisory certification.
Executive Director of University Communications and Marketing
Jim Peck is the Executive Director of Communications & Marketing for the University of Michigan-Flint. Jim is a powerful content creator and storyteller whose global experience includes deep knowledge of traditional media as well as content driven by social and digital communications. Leading the UCOM team, his work focuses on crafting brand messaging customized for a diverse spectrum of channels. He is devoted to building and working with high-functioning, high-performing teams, believing that meaningful collaborations result in the most impressive content and satisfaction for the University and his team. Jim Peck is a teacher and listener with more than 20 years of progressive leadership skills crossing multiple levels of organizations.
Interim Vice Chancellor for University Advancement
Mary Jo Sekelsky, Ed.D.
Mary Jo Sekelsky was appointed to the position of interim vice chancellor for university advancement in 2017. She holds a doctorate in curriculum and instruction from Wayne State University, a master of arts in counseling from Oakland University, a bachelor of arts in psychology from Michigan State University, and is a graduate of Harvard’s Institute for Educational Management. Delivering the resources necessary to develop systems and policies that enhance the student experience has been a primary objective throughout her career in higher education. Dr. Sekelsky is responsible for units which comprise University Advancement including Alumni Relations, Career Services, Development, and Government & Community Relations.