Vice President for Institutional Advancement

The Vice President for Institutional Advancement is responsible for augmenting the College’s financial resources and promoting awareness and understanding of the College in the wider community.  The Vice President works closely with the Board of Trustees and the President as well as other senior administration and faculty.  Functions reporting to the Vice President include annual giving, major gifts, corporate and foundation relations, government grants, capital and endowment fund raising, publications, public relations, marketing 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, Career 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.

Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs

The Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs is the chief academic officer of the College 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 recommends appointment, reappointment, and advancement of faculty to the President.  The Provost also promotes and encourages faculty professional development, interdisciplinary learning, integration of new technologies, and partnerships with varied outside organizations.  The Provost helps 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 following areas report to the Provost:  Office of the Provost, Undergraduate and Graduate Studies Divisions, Libraries, Academic Facilities, Center for Tutoring and Writing, Center Galleries, and Exhibit Services.

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.


As chief executive officer of the institution, the President is responsible for carrying out the mission and goals of the College. He supervises and directs the affairs of the College through its staff, and assures that the standards and procedures used by the institution conform to the policies established by the Board of Trustees. The President is responsible for the preservation of existing institutional resources and the creation of new resources and is the chief spokesperson and representative of the College, working for public understanding and recognition. Reporting to the President are the Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs, Vice President for Administration and Finance, Vice President for Institutional Advancement, Vice President for Enrollment and Student Services, Director of Community Arts Partnerships, Director of Design Core Detroit, and the Assistant Secretary of the Board who is also the President’s Executive Assistant.