Budget Committee

University Budget Committee


Every Biennium the first priority of the University Budget Committee is the development of budget planning and alignment of its priorities to support the UM 2020 Strategic Plan and each respective Biennial Priorities list. In doing such, the Budget committee will review
  • Legislative and MUS economic and financial projections,
  • The Governor’s executive budget proposal,
  • The UM Annual and Biennial budget models, and
  • Current Enrollment, Revenue, and Expense Projections.
From this review, the committee will identify and suggest any needed base adjustments to the budget model, prior to consideration of new budget initiatives or strategic reallocations. 
The committee will then evaluate
  • Sector budget reports,
  • New initiative proposals, and
  • Requests for current year budget adjustments.
Based on this evaluation, the committee will advise by
  • Making recommendations to the President and the Council of Vice Presidents regarding current year budget adjustments, or OTO allocations from Contingency,
  • Making recommendations for base budget changes, reallocations, or new initiatives.



Paul Lasiter, Vice President for Operations and Finance


Stacey Eve, Budget Director


Vice Presidents:

  • Cathy Cole, Vice President for Enrollment and Strategic Communications
  • Scott Whittenburg, Vice President for Research

Chief Data Officer:

  • Dawn Ressel, Associate Vice President, University Data Office: Institutional Research


  • Adrea Lawrence, Dean, College of Education
  • Tom DeLuca, Dean, College of Forestry and Conservation

Budget Directors:

  • Michelle Jensen, Budget Director, Student Affairs
  • Hillary Stowell, Director of Academic Fiscal Affairs

 Faculty Senate:

  • Mark Pershouse, Faculty Senate Chair

 Staff Senate:

  • Brady Schwertfeger, Staff Senate Financial Executive Officer/Treasurer

Faculty Association:

  • Jeff Bookwalter, UFA Treasurer


  • Abbigail Belcher, ASUM President
  • Daniel Parsons, ASUM Business Manager

FAM (Finance Academic Mangers):

  • Katie Dalessio, Director of Fiscal and Personnel Services, Missoula College
  • Kristin Person, Director of Budgets and Personnel, College of Education

Fiscal Initiatives, Subcommittees & Workgroups

  • Budget Metrics & Benchmark Subcommittee
  • Budget Allocation Modeling Subcommittee
    • Terri Herron, College of Business
  • Financial Development Certificate Program
  • Fiscal Affairs & Budget (FAB) Communications
  • Fiscal Year End: Business Services
  • Forward125