mission, Vision & lEADERSHIP



The University of Michigan-Flint is a comprehensive urban university of diverse learners and scholars committed to advancing our local and global communities. In the University of Michigan tradition, we value excellence in teaching, learning, and scholarship; student centeredness; and engaged citizenship. Through personal attention and dedicated faculty and staff, our students become leaders and best in their fields, professions, and communities.


Engaging Minds, Preparing Leaders through Academic Excellence, Student Centeredness, and Engaged Citizenship

University Leadership

As one of the three campuses of the University of Michigan, UM-Flint is also governed by the U-M Board of Regents. The organizational structure of UM-Flint is led by the Chancellor who serves as the chief executive officer. The chancellor is supported by a Cabinet, representing the areas of Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, Business and Finance, Enrollment Management and Advancement, and a Senior Leadership Team that assembles academic and non-academic leadership. Both are advisory to the chancellor and meet in alternating weeks throughout the year.

The Cabinet

Dr. Sonja Feist-Price

Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

Sonja Feist-Price, DRh, PhD
(810) 762-3177

Sonja Feist-Price was appointed the provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs effective August 1, 2020. Dr. Feist-Price earned a Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky, Lexington, a D.Rh. from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, her M.S. from Southern University, Baton Rouge, and a B.S. from McNeese State University, Lake Charles. She is a Licensed Psychologist in the state of Kentucky, a nationally Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in the state of Kentucky and a trained mediator. Dr. Feist-Price came to UM-Flint from the University of Kentucky where she served as the Vice President for Institutional Diversity. Her professorial tenure includes roles as a professor in the department of early childhood, special education, and counselor education at the University of Kentucky, and a visiting professor at the University of California San Francisco. Possessing an extensive history with externally-funded research, Dr. Feist-Price has authored numerous scholarly publications and made invited and refereed presentations at international, national, and regional conference venues. She has been the recipient of numerous awards acknowledging significant contributions to academic research and teaching.

Christopher Giordana

Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

Christopher Giordano, PhD
(810) 762-3434

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.

Photo of Shari Schrader in the Thompson Library

Vice Chancellor for University Advancement

Shari Schrader
(810) 424-5474

Shari Schrader was appointed vice chancellor for university advancement effective July 12, 2021. Originally from Michigan, Ms. Schrader is a graduate of Central Michigan University with a bachelor degree in journalism and public relations. She has also completed coursework at the Lilly School of Philanthropy and has more than 25 years of progressive experience in educational fundraising. As a successful higher education development professional, Ms. Schrader has an impressive record of securing major gifts that benefit campuses and communities. Prior to her arrival at UM-Flint, Ms. Schrader worked at Purdue University/Purdue Research Foundation for 18 years in leadership roles, managing teams that delivered strong results in order to achieve institutional goals. Ms. Schrader currently leads a seasoned development and alumni relations team at UM-Flint.

Senior Director for Office of Business & Financial Services

Gerald L. Glasco (Jerry)
(810) 762-3063

Jerry Glasco was appointed senior director for the Office of Business & Financial Services on August 23, 2021. Mr. Glasco is a proud graduate of the University of Michigan – Flint with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. He has more than 33 years of experience in the University of Michigan system, including time on the Ann Arbor campus in University Audits, Financial Aid, and Financial Analysis and on the Flint campus in Financial Services & Budget, Procurement & Contracts, and Operations & Leasing at the Northbank Center.

Senior Leadership Team

Sonja Feist-Price

Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
Chris Giordano

Vice Chancellor for University Advancement
Shari Schrader

Senior Director of the Office of Business & Financial Services
Jerry Glasco

Vice Provost for Academic Affairs
Syagnik Banerjee (interim)

Vice Provost for Enrollment Management
Lori Vedder (interim)

Chair of the Faculty Senate Council

Marilyn Filter

Executive Director of the Office of Research & Economic Development
Heather Dawson

Director of Human Resources
Beth Manning

Director of Facilities & Operations
George Hakim

Chief Information Officer
Scott Arnst

Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences
Susan Gano-Phillips

Dean of the College of Innovation & Technology
Chris Pearson

Dean of the College of Health Sciences
Donna Fry

Dean of the School of Education & Human Services
Beth Kubitskey

Dean of the School of Management
Aneil Mishra

Dean of the School of Nursing
Cynthia McCurren

Projects Manager Office of the Chancellor (ex officio)
Chelsea Duncan