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.
Interim 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.
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.
Vice Chancellor for University Advancement
Kristin Lindsey was appointed to the position of vice chancellor for university advancement in 2015. She holds a bachelors in Political Science from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is currently a masters degree candidate at DePaul University. Kristin has over 25 years of experience working with organizations dedicated to making change at every level: community, local, national, and global. She has a wealth of experience with development work, having served as the executive vice president and chief operating officer of the Council on Foundations. She has also worked for public agencies and other posts in government and the nonprofit sector.