Advisory Board

School of Management Advisory Board


Advisory Board

The University of Michigan-Flint School of Management Advisory Board provides an added dimension to the School of Management (SOM) in its ongoing efforts to maintain and develop forward looking programs of teaching, research, and service.  The Advisory Board is free to exercise the skills and experience of its members in anticipating and examining new societal and business directions, community developments and needs.  The Advisory Board has no supervisory or oversight responsibilities.  Therefore, its members maintain an objective and broad point of view in the pursuit of excellence in the programs of the School. 


  1. To assist the SOM in building relationships with community business, cultural and governmental leaders.
  2. To provide good relations and an accurate and current image of the SOM within the community.
  3. To serve in an advisory role to the dean and the faculty of the SOM, and thus provide a mechanism through which key issues can be anticipated, explored, analyzed, and evaluated from a variety of differing viewpoints.
  4. To support the School of Management through participation in Board related activities and to offer financial support to the School. 


Membership of the Advisory Board shall consist of 15 to 25 members selected primarily from the Southeastern Michigan region.  Members shall be selected to provide a broadly representative cross section of business activity within the region.  The Dean of the School of Management is an ex-officio member of the Board.  New members and officers shall be nominated by the Dean, and elected by the Advisory Board. This process may occur at a board meeting or at other times using electronic correspondence (email).  Board members are expected to participate in at least one board meeting per year, either by phone or in person, to remain in good standing. 


Members shall serve for a term of three fiscal years (July 1 to June 30) and may be re-appointed for additional terms.  After a member has served two terms, he/she may be re-appointed again, but preferably only after a lapse in membership.  The initial terms of service shall be staggered to ensure continuity.


The Advisory Board shall have two officers:  A Chairperson and a Vice Chairperson.  They shall be elected in the spring, effective July 1, for a two-year term.


The Advisory Board shall hold at least two meetings per year; one in the Spring and one in the Fall.  Specific items for consideration at any meeting shall be provided with the agenda, prior to the meeting, in order that all members may duly consider the matters to be discussed. 


A. The standing committees of the SOM Advisory Board, and their general  functions, shall be as follows:

Development and Membership Committee

  • Recruit and nominate viable and enthusiastic members for the Board.
  • Coordinate an orientation session annually for new members.
  • Plan recognition gifts for those exiting the Advisory Board.
  • Collaborate with the Director of Development to achieve cultivation and fundraising goals for the School.
  • Support stewardship efforts of the School by building relationships with donors and recognizing donors for their support.

Strategic Planning Committee

  • Identify important issues facing the business community and business leaders and facilitate a dialogue on these issues for possible inclusion in the strategic plan.
  • Review the Strategic Plan and provide suggestions for updates.   
  • Collaborate with the Dean on special assignments as needed.


External Partnerships and Marketing Committee

  • Review and provide recommendations related to the marketing goals of the School.
  • Collaborate with School marketing efforts to enhance communication between alumni, external partners, students, faculty, and the broader community to create opportunities and build the SOM brand. 
  • Support and expand the efforts of the School of Management Alumni Network.

Curriculum and Student Professional Development Committee

  • Review and provide recommendations related to the curriculum for the School and offer suggestions about the core courses, new courses, and possible revisions to minors, sequences, and majors.
  • Collaborate with the School about recruitment and retention of students.
  • Facilitate internships, pre-professional opportunities and hiring of students by enhancing partnerships with employers.
  • Identify important soft skills needed by graduates and offer ideas about how to build awareness and competence of such skills by SOM students. 


Ad-hoc committees may be appointed by the Advisory Board to address specific issues and will report back to the Board as requested. 



Approved April 29, 2014 by the SOM Advisory Board

Revision approved April 28, 2015


Name Title Company
Brian Blume Professor, Interim Associate Director of the Hagerman Center University of Michigan-Flint
Michael J. Burke, Jr. 
Lakestone Bank & Trust
Britain Butcher
Director of Ecommerce
Coffee Beanery
Jim Carney
Flint Community President
Chemical Bank
Win Cooper (Board President)
Cooper Commercial Group, Ltd
Teresa Irland Munley
Senior Vice President, retired
Bank of America
Ronald Justice President and CEO The State Bank
Linda Leach CFO Genesee Ceramic Tile
James McGuirk CEO Sun Steel Treating, Inc.
Larry Nichols
Executive in Residence/Consultant
University of Michigan-Flint
Ghassan K. Saab
General Manager
Saab Management Group
Kimber Smail
Audit Partner
Plante Moran
Sheila Smith
SOM Alumna
Mike Strader VP, Retirement Plan Consultant Huntington Bank
Melissa Stephens-Farrell
Major Gifts Officer, SOM
University of Michigan-Flint
Sheryl Stephens
Stephens Wealth Management Group
Michael Torrey VP Rates and Regulations Consumers Energy
Rick Tromble
Tromble Bay Farms
Paul Wenstrom
First Vice President - Investments
Merrill Lynch
Stephen Whitener
Retired Former Owner and CEO
Retired Former Founding Partner and CEO
National Systems Installers
Nuspire Networks
Cazzie Williams
Delivery Project Executive
IBM Procurement Services 


For information or questions please contact Kristin Arntz, Executive Secretary to the Dean.

Updated 9/21/2020



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Development and Membership Committee

Cliff Hart
Teri Irland Munley
Ken Leslie, Chair
Melissa Stephens-Farrell
Rick Tromble


Strategic Planning Committee

Michael Burke
Jim Carney
Win Cooper, Chair
Scott Johnson
Ghassan Saab


External Partnerships and Marketing Committee

Janice Karcher , Co-Chair
Preston Means, Co-Chair
Bryce Moe
John Potbury
Sheila Smith
David Stickel


Curriculum and Student Professional Development Committee

Britain Butcher
Greg Laurence (Faculty Representative)
Cathleen Hale
Larry Nichols, Chair
Paul Wenstrom