Vice President for Administration and Finance

The Vice President for Administration and Finance is responsible for the day-to-day financial and administrative operations of the College and oversees the offices of Business Services, Human Resources, Campus Safety and Security, Facilities and Administrative Services, and Information Technology Services. The Vice President oversees the preparation of the annual budget, working closely with the other officers of the college.  The Vice President is also responsible for ensuring that all departments follow, and are in compliance with, the budget approved by the Board of Trustees.  This responsibility includes approving purchase requisitions before purchases may be made by any budget director (academic or administrative), obtaining appropriate approvals from the President and/or Board for deviations from budget, and generally providing answers to financial questions.  All building, equipment and maintenance issues also fall within the responsibilities of the Vice President.  These include operational concerns as well as major facility projects.

The Provost, Chief Academic Officer, and the Academic Deans

The Provost, along with the Academic Deans, consisting of the Dean of Academic Affairs, Dean of Graduate Studies, and Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Studies, are responsible for the conduct, supervision and development of all academic programs and initiatives, and for ensuring academic quality and compliance with accreditation guidelines and standards. The Provost and the three Academic Deans work together to promote and encourage faculty professional development, interdisciplinary learning, integration of new technologies, and partnerships with varied outside organizations. The Deans enhance the College’s reputation by serving as representatives for the institution locally, nationally, and internationally and advocating for the value of art and design to society.  The Provost serves as the College’s Chief Academic Officer (CAO). The CAO is the senior academic administrator at the institution and acts as the academic liaison between AICAD, MICU, NC-SARA, and CCS.

Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees is the legal governing body of the College for Creative Studies and its final institutional authority.  The Board’s responsibilities include policy-making, stewardship of the institution’s financial and physical resources, appointment and supervision of the institution’s chief executive officer, long-range planning, and representation of the institution to external communities.  It delegates day-to-day management of the institution to the President.

The full Board ordinarily meets four times a year. Much of the Board’s work is conducted through its committees, which include the Executive; Education; Facilities; Finance and Audit; Investment; Advancement; and Nominating Committees.  The Executive Committee meets about five times a year, and the other committees meet two to four times each year.

Grade Change Forms

An instructor may change a student’s grade. The reason for this change may be due to completion of work from the previous semester (grade of “I” being changed to a letter grade) or a review of the student’s work which resulted in a better grade. A student who receives an “I” grade has one semester (Fall or Winter) to complete the work and receive the appropriate grade. After the one semester deadline, the “I” grade will be changed to an “F”. Instructors and Program Managers can obtain the Grade Change form from the Academic Advising and Registration Office (AARO). The instructor and Department Chair must sign the form, and it is then sent to the Office of Academic Affairs who return the approved form to the AARO. Instructors must provide complete and accurate information to ensure quick processing.

Students may appeal a grade up to 60 days after the last day of the semester in which the student was enrolled in the course. Appealing students should submit a written request to the Office of Academic Affairs identifying the course, instructor, and an explanation of the circumstances and reason for the request. The request will be reviewed and decided upon by the Academic Performance Committee.

Campus Emergency Alert Program

The College for Creative Studies uses an electronic emergency notification system called Alert Emergency Notification System. This system has the capability of sending electronic emergency notices regarding severe weather, school closings and emergency situations to all students, staff and faculty via their CCS email account, and cell phone (if registered with the Alert system). In the event of an emergency situation on campus, the message will include the location of the emergency and instructions on what action to take. Register your information with the Campus Emergency Alert Program by going to your Blackboard account and completing the alert notification system section.


Campus Safety provides 24-hour security at both the Ford Campus and the Taubman Center. Three college administrative positions (Director, Assistant Director, Security Manager) are responsible for enforcing the security policies and procedures, as well as directing and overseeing security guard services. Other Security personnel are employed by a contract guard agency that provides fixed and mobile security patrols, patrol supervisors and shuttle drivers supervised by CCS personnel. Services provided by Campus Safety include safety patrols, escort service to parked vehicles on campus, auto lock out service, battery jump starts and tire inflation, and issuing and replacing access cards.

Participation in new student orientation as well as periodic specialized training on topics such as active shooter is provided in coordination with the Student Affairs Office.

Campus Safety also maintains fifty-eight First Aid stations located throughout the campuses that provide immediate accessible first aid supplies to injured persons. The department also has trained first medical responders located on each campus. If immediate medical attention or transportation is needed, Campus Safety will contact the contracted ambulance company which will provide transport to a local medical facility.

Buildings and Grounds

The Office of Facilities and Administrative Services is responsible for the maintenance and repair of the institution’s buildings and grounds. Cleaning is performed on a daily basis. To avoid harming student or faculty work, classrooms and studios will only have trash removed. Faculty should communicate with Facilities if classrooms and studios are not being cleaned properly.

For most maintenance and repair, a Maintenance Service Request (MSR) should be completed and submitted to Facilities. MSR’s are assigned a priority. Every effort is made to fulfill all MSR’s in a timely manner. If the work has not been performed within two weeks, the Facilities staff will inform the department as to the status of the MSR. The department should call the Facilities department coordinator if there has been no communication regarding a submitted MSR within the indicated time.

The Facilities department also oversees major construction projects, and will coordinate these activities with the normal operations of CCS.

Design Core Detroit

Design Core Detroit is an economic development organization within the College with the mission of developing Detroit into a global resource for creative talent. Design Core serves design-driven industries that specialize in design or utilize design as a central discipline of their business strategy. The steward of Detroit’s UNESCO City of Design designation, Design Core is located on the first floor of the A. Alfred Taubman Center for Design Education. Design Core Detroit champions design-driven businesses and their role in strengthening Detroit’s economy through its three main programs: Detroit Design Network, Detroit Month of Design, and Detroit City of Design. It offers services to strengthen, grow and attract design businesses, increases market demand for design services, and tells Detroit’s design story locally and globally. More information can be found at

Community Arts Partnerships

Community Arts Partnerships program develops and maintains collaborations between the College and community organizations to bring educational experiences in art, design, and new technologies to underserved populations. The Director acts as a resource for faculty and programs within the College that seek to develop community partnerships.