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.
Senior Director for Special Projects
Tess Barker, J.D., Ph.D.
Tess Barker was appointed to the position of chief of staff in the Office of the Chancellor in 2015 then to the position of Senior Director for Special Projects in 2019. 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. Tess has worked in higher education for nearly 20 years, with experience spanning student affairs, academic health care, and university administration. She teaches graduate courses in student affairs and higher education administration, and is licensed to practice law in Iowa and Minnesota. As Senior Director for Special Projects, Tess handles a variety of ongoing initiatives and special projects assigned by the chancellor.
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 progressively 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 was appointed as vice chancellor for business and finance effective May 2017 after serving in an interim capacity from July, 2016. Michael 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.
Vice Chancellor for University Advancement
William "BJ" Hull
William "B.J." Hull was appointed vice chancellor for university advancement in January 2020. He holds a B.A. in English from Alma College and his M.B.A. from Michigan State University. Mr. Hull has nearly 20 years of experience in the field of development and the last 10 years within higher education. Most recently, Hull has served as the vice president for advancement, Olivet College. As the vice chancellor for university advancement, Mr. Hull is responsible for units which comprise University Advancement including Alumni Relations, Career Services, Development, and Government & Community Relations.
Interim Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
Keith Moreland, Ph.D., CPA, CMA
Keith Moreland was appointed to the position of interim provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs in January 2020. Dr. Moreland joined the UM-Flint faculty in 1994. He was an associate dean of the School of Management from 2004-2006 and also served as interim dean of the School of Health Professions and Studies in 2015. Dr. Moreland is an active researcher with a current focus on personal financial capability and accounting pedagogical issues. He is also active in professional organizations, including the Michigan Association of CPA’s Financial literacy Task Force, of which he is a former chair and vice chair.