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.
Vice Chancellor for Campus Inclusion and Student Life
Barbara Avery, Ed.D
Barbara Avery was appointed to the position of vice chancellor in 2015. She holds a doctorate in educational administration from Pepperdine University, a master degree in history and a bachelor degree in philosophy from the University of California. She is responsible for units which comprise the Division of Student Affairs, including Financial Aid, Registrar, Academic Advising and Career Center, and Student Life.
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 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.
Director of News and Media Relations
Howard Hughey was appointed to the position of Director of News and Media Relations in 2017. With more than 17 years of public relations and marketing experience, he has had the privilege of holding key leadership positions in both the public and private sectors allowing him to manage an array of effective integrated marketing communications campaigns across the U.S. As director, Howard manages the internal and external communications efforts for the campus community through its University Relations office. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Advertising and Public Relations from Grand Valley State University and has public information training and certification by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the American Red Cross.
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
Douglas Knerr, Ph.D.
Douglas Knerr was appointed to the position of provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs in 2015. He holds a doctorate in U.S. history, a master of arts in history and a bachelor in political science all from the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Knerr is the author of two books and several articles. He is deeply commited to student learning and to the totality and centrality of the student experience. Prior to his appointment at UM-Flint, he served as the Executive Vice President and University Provost and Professor of History at Roosevelt University in Chicago. He has been involved in major strategic initiatives including the recruitment of the largest and most diverse class of faculty in Roosevelt's history, co-founding the University's distance education unit and establishing over 100 articulation and transfer agreements with community colleges.
Executive Director of Alumni Relations
Mary Jo Sekelsky, Ed.D.
Mary Jo Sekelsky 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.