office of the provost

Welcome to the Office of the Provost & Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

The Office of the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs is committed to promoting academic excellence at the University of Michigan-Flint. 

Academic Affairs is led by the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Dr. Sonja Feist-Price, who serves as the chief academic officer of the campus and provides leadership in the pursuit of campus-wide academic excellence.

Message from the Provost

Sonja Feist-Price

Welcome to Academic Affairs at the University of Michigan-Flint!

It is truly an honor to serve as Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at this incredible institution of higher education.

I believe that education is the great equalizer, and that accessibility to learning changes lives. My parents who never attended college instilled in their children the notion that school was important and that we should strive to attend a university. As a first-generation college graduate, I can attest to the power of education and how it changed my life, and the lives of so many others for the better. As the great South African leader Nelson Mandela stated, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

Changing lives for the better is what we do at UM-Flint. As a University that values academic excellence, we place teaching as the highest priority, with an emphasis on the success of each and every student. Our distinguished faculty engage in an astounding array of research and scholarship in all disciplines, and often include both graduate and undergraduate students in the pursuit of new knowledge. Course offerings at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels abound, educating the next generation of healthcare professionals, scientists, industry leaders, teachers, and community advocates. We are proud of our legacy and of  upholding the ideals of the University of Michigan. 

Our striking, expansive campus boasts wonderful learning and collaboration spaces. From the quiet study carrels and book shelves of the Frances Willson Thompson Library, to the new state-of-the-art wing of the Murchie Science Building, UM-Flint takes great care to create welcoming places that are conducive to learning.

We are at a crossroads at this moment in history. Although the last year has been challenging, it is also important to recognize we are in the midst of a great renaissance. At UM-Flint, we are responding by offering courses in flexible formats that keep our community safe. We are studying and learning the lessons of the pandemic, so that we can contribute to the solutions needed to move forward with strength and wisdom. This is what universities do, and UM-Flint excels in this regard.

Every day, I am inspired to work with so many outstanding colleagues at UM-Flint, in the city and the region as we share the common goal of applying the great equalizer of education to helping people achieve their goals.

Go Blue!

Sonja Feist-Price, Ph.D., Dr.Rh.
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs