Budget Committee

The 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.

The committee will coordinate the continued refinement of the 2014/2015 biennial budget model, and prepare for the upcoming 2016/2017 biennial budget model. The UBC will begin finalizing its recommendations for the 2016/2017 biennial budget model after the 2015 Montana legislative session and the setting of tuition rates will continue at the following Board of Regents meeting.  These recommendations will be reviewed by the Council of Vice Presidents and forwarded to the President for approval in time for the 30 June implementation of each operating budget.



Michael Reid, Vice President for Administration and Finance


Vice Presidents:

  • Tom Crady, VP for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs
  • Scott Whittenburg, Vice President Research


  • Shannon O’Brien, Dean Missoula College
  • Chris Comer Dean of University of Montana's College of Humanities and Sciences

Budget Directors (rotating out):

  • Michelle Jensen, Director Budget of Fiscal Affairs/Office of Student Affairs
  • Valerie Crepeau, Manager, Fiscal & Personnel Management
  • Beckie Christiaens, Associate Vice President for Administration and Finance
  • Hillary Stowell, Director of Academic Fiscal Affairs

 Faculty Senate:

  • Jon DeBoer, Faculty Senate Chair

 Staff Senate:

  • Annie Burgad, Staff Senate Finance Officer-Senior Systems Analyst, EIS
  • Luke Alford, Health and Human Performance Program Coordinator

Faculty Association:

  • Jeff Bookwalter, Professor - Economics


  • Sam Forstag, ASUM President
  • Ben Kuiper, ASUM Business Manager

FAM (Finance Academic Mangers):

  • Tim Edwards, Accountant


Dawn Ressel, Associate Vice President Office of University Data

Fiscal Initiatives, Subcommittees & Workgroups