Vice President for Strategy and Communications

The Vice President of Strategy and Communications evaluates the College’s strategic positioning and advances initiatives and partnerships to ensure the College’s long-term adaptability and relevance in the face of changing social and economic conditions. In addition to supporting the development and implementation of CCS’s strategic plan, the Vice President  supervises CCS’s external-facing offices, including Community Arts Partnership, Design Core Detroit, Marketing and Communications, and Office of Partnerships. Ultimately, the Vice President is responsible for stewarding and advancing CCS’s brand.

Assistant Dean for Institutional Equity and Inclusion & Chief Diversity Officer

Reporting to the President, the Assistant Dean for Institutional Equity and Inclusion & Chief Diversity Officer is responsible for advancing a diverse and equitable campus culture and oversees diversity, equity and inclusion efforts which guide campus-wide decisions, practices and policies. In addition, the Assistant Dean for Institutional Equity and Inclusion is responsible for administering the Policy on Prohibited Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct, including Title IX, and its implementing procedures.

Vice President for Institutional Advancement

The Vice President for Institutional Advancement works collaboratively with stakeholders throughout the College and is responsible for augmenting the College’s financial resources through philanthropy as well as engaging the alumni community. The Vice President works closely with the Board of Trustees, President, Office of Partnerships, Department Chairs, Faculty and other colleagues in support of fundraising. Functions reporting to the Vice President include annual giving, major and planned giving, foundation relations, and alumni relations. The Vice President also supervises the Kresge Arts in Detroit program.

Vice President for Enrollment and Student Services

The Vice President for Enrollment and Student Services is responsible for the College’s efforts to provide excellent student services, and to recruit, enroll, and retain undergraduate, graduate, and Pre-College and Continuing Studies students. The Vice President supervises the offices of Academic Advising and Registration, Undergraduate Admissions, Graduate Admissions, Recruitment Services, Financial Aid, Student Affairs, International Student Services and Pre-College and Continuing Studies.

In addition, the Vice President prepares enrollment and retention reports, completes all required Federal and State reports, as well as various accreditation and third-party surveys.

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.

Academic Deans and the Chief Academic Officer

The Academic Deans 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 Academic Deans recommend appointment, reappointment, and advancement of faculty to the President.  The Academic Deans also promote and encourage faculty professional development, interdisciplinary learning, integration of new technologies, and partnerships with varied outside organizations.  The Academic Deans help to enhance the College’s reputation by serving as a spokesman for it locally, nationally and internationally and advocating for the value of art and design to society. 

The Chief Academic Officer is the senior academic administrator at the institution. The Dean of Graduate Studies serves as the College’s Chief Academic Officer (CAO). The CAO 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.

Faculty Assembly

The faculty of the College participate in the governance of the College through the Faculty Assembly and its committees. The faculty play a central role in developing curriculum and academic policies, in setting standards of excellence, and in maintaining the quality of a CCS education. The Faculty Assembly is the principal vehicle through which the faculty fulfill this role. While the Faculty Assembly cannot by its decisions bind the administration or Board of Trustees, the administration and Board accord great respect to the Assembly and seek to cooperate with it in all areas affecting the well-being of the College. The Faculty Assembly operates according to the Faculty Assembly By- laws and through a set of committees. The By-Laws and committee guidelines are posted on the College’s Blackboard portal.

Dean of Students

Reporting to the Vice President for Enrollment and Student Services, the Dean of Students is responsible for the day-to-day management of the offices within Student Affairs. In addition, the Dean of Students oversees institutional retention initiatives, judicial affairs, the Student Concerns Committee, the Student Handbook, and the Code of Student Conduct.

Deans of Undergraduate and Graduate Studies

Reporting to the Provost, the Dean of Undergraduate Studies and the Dean of Graduate Studies are responsible for the day-to-day management of the College’s undergraduate and graduate academic departments and programs, respectively. They supervise the department chairs of those departments, make recommendations to the Provost regarding faculty contract renewals, collaborate with the Associate Provost and Registrar on class scheduling and work closely with the Provost on a variety of strategic initiatives.