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 and the Cabinet, representing the areas of Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, Business and Finance, Enrollment Management, and Advancement.

The Cabinet

Dr. Sonja Feist-Price

Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

Sonja Feist-Price, D.Rh., Ph.D.
(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, Ph.D
(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.

Michael Hague

Vice Chancellor for Business and Finance

Michael Hague
(810) 762-3324

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.

Kristi Hottenstein

Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management

Kristi Hottenstein, Ph.D.
(810) 762-5723

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 master’s in Higher Education Counseling from the University of LaVerne and a bachelor’s in Sociology from Alma College. Kristi is also a licensed professional counselor in the state of Michigan, and holds a supervisory certification.