Office of the Executive Vice President for Administrative Services

Office of the Executive Vice President for Administrative Services

What's New!

The EVPAS office works to enhance a culture of high performance at Michigan State University by providing products and services that support faculty & students in their pursuit of excellence. Support staff and administrative offices play a key role in supporting the overall mission of MSU. Below are just a few of the initiatives we are working on. 

MSU IT Organization Alignment

On April 12th at the MSU Data Center Ribbon Cutting ceremony, MSU announced plans to integrate university Information Technology resources and technologies by creating a central leadership, governance and operating structure. The integration will harness the capabilities necessary to drive the Bolder IT vision, provide a level of technology richness that leads national universities, and fulfill the needs of students, staff, faculty, and researchers.

For more information on IT Organizational Alignment activities, please visit

MSU Ideas – new platform for faculty & staff engagement

The EVPAS office has developed a new platform for all current benefit-eligible MSU faculty and staff to submit ideas and feedback surrounding various topics.  Users can post, comment, endorse, and follow various threads and challenges.  MSU faculty and staff can sign-in utilizing single-sign-on like EBS and profiles will be tied to user data including name, email, department, and title.  This platform was presented at the 11/3/2017 Conversation with EVPAS and communications campus wide are forth coming. You can access the portal by going to For more information, email

Spartan Coding Summer Camp

The inaugural Spartan Coding youth summer camp took place in July 2017. The camp focuses on teaching participants the fundamentals of launching a web based application and the essentials of web design and development.  Participants are rising high school students and the program includes both a residential and commuter option. Preparations are underway to expand the offering through MSU Extension to increase our outreach throughout Michigan; as well as launch an adult oriented bootcamp in the Detroit Metro Area.

For more information, visit:

Conversations with EVPAS

All Conversation Power Points and Materials can be found on the AAN website: here

November 28, 2018 - Conversation with EVPAS

Wednesday, November 28, 2018
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Registration and continental breakfast at 8:30 a.m.; program begins at 9:00
Kellogg Center, Room Big Ten A
Register today

March 23, 2018 - EVPAS Overview

Featured Speakers:

Dan Bollman, Associate Vice President, Infrastructure, Planning and Facilities
Sharon Butler, Associate Vice President, Human Resources
Rob McCurdy, Associate Vice President, Information and Technology Services
Vennie Gore, Associate Vice President, Auxilliary EnterprisesWolfgang Bauer, University Distinguished Professor, Office of the EVP for Administrative Services
John Verbonceour, Associate Dean for Research, College of Engineering
John Prush, Deputy Director Management Services Bureau, MSU Police Department
Kristin Schuette, Information Technologist, Registrar's Office

Scott Witter, Professor, School of Planning, Design and Construction
Thomas Glasmacher, Director, Facility for Rare Isotope Beams

Initiatives discussed included flooding deployment, capital constructure, research, infrastructure, art on campus, mobility, human resources statistical information and efforts, preparing for the future, Office 365, security, data center, preparing for future spartans, mobility and and overview and tour of the FRIB facility.

November 3, 2017 - EVPAS Overview

Featured Speakers:
Satish Udpa, Executive Vice President for Administrative Services
Sharon Butler, Associate Vice President, Human Resources
Rob McCurdy, Associate Vice President, Information and Technology Services
Dan Bollman, Associate Vice President, Infrastructure, Planning and Facilities
Wolfgang Bauer, University Distinguished Professor, Office of the EVP for Administrative Services
John Verbonceour, Associate Dean for Research, College of Engineering
John Prush, Deputy Director Management Services Bureau, MSU Police Department
John Gaboury, Associate Provost for Academic Services Enrollment Management and Academic Initiatives
Scott Witter, Professor, School of Planning, Design and Construction
Christine Carter, Chief of Staff, Office of the Executive Vice President for Administrative Services

Initiatives discussed included creating and maintaining a culture of high performance, developing strategies to continuously improve quality and efficiency in support of the academic mission, and faculty and staff engagement.  Also discussed were initiatives related to Human Resources, IT Services, Infrastructure Planning and Facilities, mobility, energy and contemplated changes to parking on campus. 

March 28, 2017 - Mobility

Featured Speakers:
Satish Udpa, Executive Vice President for Administrative Services
John Gaboury, Associate Provost for Academic Services and Enrollment Management
John Verboncoeur, Associate Dean for Research, College of Engineering
Scott Witter, Professor, School of Planning, Design and Construction

The session specifically focused on the development of a Campus Mobility Plan which will help move students, faculty, staff, and visitors, around the campus as efficiently as possible. The plan addressed MSU’s complex and dynamic mobility needs, building on the Campus Master Plan. The development process engaged stakeholders and connected current initiatives to emerging technologies and new ideas to create a robust and flexibility framework to improve mobility for all.

December 2, 2016 - The New Science of Leadership Networks: Raise What You Know to the Power of Who You Know

Featured Speakers:
Dr. Brian Uzzi, Richard L. Thomas Distinguished Chair in Leadership and Co-Director of the Northwestern University Institute in Complex Systems

Dr. Uzzi presented an interactive session entitled: The New Science of Leadership Networks: Raise What You Know to the Power of Who You Know.

"Research now shows that what distinguishes thriving leaders is the powerful yet invisible personal networks through which they mobilize resources, innovative, and collaborate to promote growth.  Yet many persons who aspire to positions of executive leadership unconsciously build weak networks.  In this presentation, learn scientifically grounded principles and tools for developing a better network and applying it effectively.”

November 24, 2015 - Promoting a Culture of Excellence

Featured Speakers:
Susan Hawkins, Senior Vice President for Quality and Patient Safety, Detroit Medical Center

This session discussed facilitators of change, overcoming barriers, and lessons learned that organizations continuing to strive for a culture of high performance could apply. Ms. Hawkins is the former Senior VP for Performance Excellence at the Henry Ford Health System, and was directly responsible for the design and implementation of strategies at Henry Ford that led to raising the culture of high performance and ultimately the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.  Ms. Hawkins continues this work at the Detroit Medical Center. 

This was a continuation of last fall’s captivating conversation with Nancy Schlichting, CEO of the Henry Ford Health System, on “Building a Culture of High Performance Into Your DNA.” 

March 26, 2015 - Moving Towards Best-in-Class Support Service

Featured Speakers:
Satish Udpa, Executive Vice President for Administrative Services
Dan Bollman, Assistant Vice President, Infrastructure Planning and Facilities
Sharon Butler, Assistant Vice President, Human Resources
Joanna Young, Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer

Bolder by Design compels the entire university community to advance a culture of high performance by elevating the quality and effectiveness of every product, service, and process to realize our highest aspirations and the expectations of our partners. To be bolder, we must move the needle forward. This is especially true for administrative and technical services that are critical for supporting the work of faculty, staff, and students as they work to fulfill the mission of the university. By continuing to advance our services, MSU is striving to offer:

  • Reliable information technology resources to facilitate both learning and business continuity;
  • Effective human resources to enable recruitment and retention of high-quality faculty and staff; and,
  • Dependable infrastructure services that maintain and expand a built environment to support and inspire a dynamic world-class learning community.

This interactive session presented developments in three of the administrative service units and how those changes, both planned and initiated, impacts individual units across the campus. Human Resources, Information Technology Services, and Infrastructure Planning & Facilities shared their vision and discussed continuing initiatives to move their respective areas towards high performance. A main focus was how these efforts are directed towards enabling campus units to fulfill their mission and purposes and how ultimately, this helps to sustain MSU as one of the world’s great public research universities. Participants were invited to share their reactions, ideas and needs through an interactive panel discussion.
December 2, 2014 - Building a Culture of High Performance Into Your DNA

Featured Speakers:
Lou Anna K. Simon, President
Nancy Schlichting, CEO of Henry Ford System

Organizing and delivering high-performance in a multi-divisional operation is a difficult process.  Credited with helping to turn around Henry Ford Health System,  CEO Nancy Schlichting was able to integrate the multi-faceted health care system and lead Henry Ford to win a 2011 Malcom Baldrige National Quality Award.  Ms. Schlichting discussed this journey and also discussed Henry Ford’s cultural renewal process entitled, “Creating One Henry Ford”.

MSU Data Center

On April 12, 2018, a ribbon cutting ceremony unveiled The MSU Data Center (MSUDC). MSUDC is the newest computing facility at Michigan State - a state-of-the-art, on-campus data center designed to address the university’s needs for expanded computing capacity for both teaching and research missions, reduced power consumption, business continuity, enhanced security and compliance. It serves as a tier-1 connected hub for academic units across campus and also provides connectivity to research networks around the world.

For more information on the MSU Data Center, please visit

IPF's Digitally Interconnected Enviroment

IPF’s mobile project will equip the 21st century workforce with a digitally interconnected environment. Benefits of the mobile project include:

  • Easier way to distribute IPF-all communication messages to ensure all staff receive important, timely messages.
  • All IPF staff will have the ability to communicate with customers, contractors, other IPF departments and more, without having to seek a land line.
  • Front line workers will have access to their FAMIS workbench, with the ability to see all work orders assigned to them.  Currently, information is printed on paper and given to frontline workers, or written down on notepads.
  • All staff will have access to the same up to date campus infrastructure documents.
Executive Leadership Academy

The Office of the Executive Vice President for Administrative Services and Human Resources are pleased to announce the Executive Leadership Academy (ELA) Fellows for 2018-19 which include the following eight individuals:

  • Katherine Cook (Finance/OSP)
  • Mackenzie Fritz (RHS)
  • Angela Knauf (ITS)
  • Rekha Khetarpal (Finance/U. Services)
  • Samantha Lake (Human Resources)
  • Stacy Nurenberg (IPF)
  • Jeff Rayis (Finance/TFM)
  • Mike Zeig (OPB)

The ELA Fellowship originally existed from 2005-2010 as a cross-institutional approach to leadership development. The Fellowship resumed in 2015 with a focus on Fellows from the support units.

 Goals of the ELA Program

The goals of the ELA are to support, deepen, enrich, and cultivate the leadership skills of current and emerging university leaders. The ELA is designed to complement on-going campus efforts to develop and support an inclusive culture of high performance. ELA, coupled with an experience at the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL), is a feedback-rich leadership program that focuses heavily on the assessment of an individual’s leadership style and the development of leadership skills. The skills and competencies of the ELA further support the development of high performing T-Shaped leaders; those leaders who not only exhibit a deep knowledge and expertise in their area of specialization, but also boundary-spanning capacities that enable them to collaborate, communicate, innovate and lead effectively.

The year-long ELA experience consists of participation in three major components:

  • CCL: A week-long, feedback-intensive leadership development program conducted offsite by the nationally recognized Center for Creative Leadership (CCL). Fellows will attend the CCL program between June and August 2018 based on their schedules. This program provides individualized assessment, feedback, coaching, goal setting and two follow-up individual coaching sessions by a CCL coach.
  • Monthly seminars: Designed to support and extend the CCL experience to facilitate goal achievement and self-reflection, expand knowledge base through interactive sessions with Executive Leaders, and works to build networking opportunities. 
  • 1:1 Engagement with direct supervisors:  The supervisor will support and ensure that ELA learning is applied within the context of each Fellow's ongoing work. 

Role of Supervisor

This program relies upon the support and active engagement of each Fellow’s direct supervisor in order to maximize the benefits of the ELA experience, improve the Fellow’s current performance, and prepare him or her for possible increased leadership responsibilities.

A Fellow’s supervisor must be willing to:

  • Submit a statement of support for the applicant’s participation in the ELA and outline specific goals and outcomes they wish to see achieved;
  • Complete leadership assessment instruments (approximately 45 minutes) required for the CCL component of the ELA prior to the Fellow’s attendance;
  • Meet with the ELA Fellow upon his/her return from CCL to discuss feedback and progress on leadership development goals;
  • Participate in monthly follow-up discussions with the Fellow about his/her progress on leadership development goals established as part of the Center for Creative Leadership experience;
  • Support the Fellow’s participation in all required components of the ELA experience;
  • Provide experiences that will facilitate the Fellow’s achievement of goals identified during the CCL.

 Criteria for consideration include applicants who:

  • Employees must be a part of one of the following groups to be considered for the program: support staff, directors, and/or supervisors - levels 14 to 17 from Finance, Human Resources, Information Technology Services, Residential and Hospitality Services, Infrastructure Planning and Facilities and the Office of Planning and Budgets;
  • Are viewed as having potential for increased future leadership responsibility;
  • Have been in their current role, or known professionally by their direct supervisor, for at least one year (due to the significance of 360-degree feedback in the CCL experience);
  • Are willing and able to participate in all aspects of the program, as described above;
  • Have the full support of their direct supervisor and a commitment to participate in selected follow-up sessions;
  • Have demonstrated interest in self-development as a leader;
  • Have demonstrated commitment to excellence in leadership.


As the head of your MAU, you are asked to nominate one individual from your area to reveive a full scholarship to be sent to the CCL (a $7K value) and be part of the year-long MSU ELA program.  All direct program expenses are funded by the Office of the Executive Vice President for Administrative Services.

You may select others to attend the CCL (who meet the above criteria); however, the cost to attend will be your responsibility.

Application Process

1.  Please make information about the program and the application materials broadly available to supervisors and eligible employees in your area.

2.  Request that the employee application and supervisor statements be sent back to you for review.

3.  Based on your review and consideration of the applications, you are asked to select one nominee and submit supporting materials to Wolfgang Bauer/Christine Carter at 412 Administration Building, by Friday, March 23, 2018.

4.  Confirmation of the nominees will be announced by Friday, April 6, 2018. 

  • Click here for ELA Application
  • Click here for Call for Nominations

We look forward to receiving the applications of current and emerging leaders who want to enhance their leadership skills, increase their self-awareness of strengths and growth opportunities, and work in a focused way to set and achieve individual leadership development goals.

We do want to underscore that participation as an ELA Fellow does not guarantee future advancement.

If you have questions about the Executive Leadership Academy or the application process, please feel free to contact Wolfgang Bauer/Christine Carter, EVPAS at, 517-355-5016.

Past ELA Fellows


Yesim Askin, Chief Data Officer, Information & Technology Services
Brent Johnston, University Budget Officer, Planning & Budgets
Nathan Maher, Assistant Director, University Services
Mary Nelson, Cashier's Office Manager, Controller's Office
Swarup Nuggehalli, Information Technologist, University Services
Rebecca Selesky, Assistant Manager, Residential & Hospitality Services
Kristy Smith, Assistant Director, Contracts and Grants
Chad Stirrett, Management Analyst, Infrastructure Planning and Facilities
Nathan Verhanovitz, Engineer/Architect, Infrastructure Planning and Facilities
Rebecca Yauch, Manager, Human Resources

Christine Carter, Chief of Staff, Administrative Services
Gregory Deppong, Controller, Controller's Office
Ann Erhardt, Director, Infrastructure Planning and Facilities
Deborah Hafke, Assistant Director, Human Resources
Dresden Kalin, Consultant, IT Services
Kimberly Kokenakes, Director, University Services
Michelle Pell, Retail and Events Manager, Residential and Hospitality Services

Brandon Baswell, Service Manager IV, Infrastructure Planning and Facilities
Bethan Cantwell, Assistant Director, Planning and Budgets
Amy Holda, Assistant Director, Human Resources
Cindi Leverich, Leadership Developement, Academic Advancement Network
Evonne Pedawi, Director, Contract and Grant Administration
Michael Zakhem, Assistant Director, IT Services

(2010-2015 Program was on hold)

Dan Chegwidden, Director, Planned Giving University Development
Mike Cook, Senior Associate Director, Admissions
Karen Crosby, Chief Financial Officer, Human Medicine
John Gerlach, Director, Biomedical Laboratory Diagnostics Program
Cynthia Ghering, ​Director, University Archives Libraries Computing and Technology
Alan Haller, ​F/Lieutenant, MSU Police
Ron Harichandran, ​Chair, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Janet Lillie, Associate Dean, Communication Arts and Sciences
Guy Procopio, Director, Culinary Services
Corinne Reardon, Budget Officer, Office of the Provost
Jeff Riedinger, Dean, International Studies and Programs
Donald Sefcik, Associate Dean, Osteopathic Medicine

Gerald Dobbs, Manager, Physical Plant and Landscape Services
Susan Ewart, Associate Dean, Veterinary Medicine
Tracey Holland, Computer Systems Manager, Radiology
Cynthia Jackson Elmoore, Dean, Honors College
Barbara Kranz, Acting Director, Facilities Planning and Space Management OPB
Elizabeth Lawrence, Assistant Dean, Human Medicine
Sharri Margraves, Manager, Construction and Maintenance Manager Residential and Hospitality Services
Eann Patterson, Chair, Mechanical Engineering and Professor Mechanical Engineering
John Prush, Manager, University Police Support Unit
Philip Strong, Assistant Dean, Lyman Briggs College
Heather Swain, Assistant Vice President, University Relations
Laurie Van Egeren, ​Director, Community Evaluation and Research Center Co-Director
National Center for the Study of University Engagement
University Outreach and Engagement

Karen McKnight Casey, Director, Service Learning and Civil Engagement
Thomas Cooper, Assistant Chair, Radiology
Kathleen Fairfax, Director, Office of Study Abroad
Brendan Guenther, Assistant Director, Virtual University Design and Technology
Shirley Harding, Chair, Osteopathic Surgical Specialties and Associate Professor Surgery
Tomas Hult, Director, International Business Center and Professor Supply Chain Management
Kris Hynes, Director, Human Resource Services Office of Human Resources
Karen Plaut, ​Chair, Animal Science and Professor Animal Science
Linda Triemer, ​Director, Compliance and Standards Office of Regulatory Affairs
Karin Wurst, Dean, Arts and Letters and Professor German

Wolfgang Bauer, Chair and Professor, Physics and Astronomy
Daniel Bollman, ​Design Administrator, Physical Plant
Peter Briggs, Director, International Students and Scholars
Barbara Forney, Associate Director, Olin Student Health Center
Christine Geith, ​Assistant Provost and Executive Director, MSU Global
DeAnne Hamilton, Director, Broadcasting Services
Renee Rivard, Director of Benefits, Human Resources
David Trexler, ​Deputy Chief, MSU Police
Kristine Zayko, ​Associate General Counsel, Office of the General Counsel

Thomas Davis, Director, Academic Computing and Network Services
Douglas Estry, ​Associate Dean, College of Natural Science
Joseph R (JR) Haywood, Professor and Chairperson, Program Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology Assistant Vice President for Animal Cares
Suman Kashyap, ​Associate Director, Clinical Services Olin Student Health Center
Susan Waltersdorf, ​Associate Controller, Office of the Controller

2004-2005 Pilot Cohort
Tom Coon, Director, MSU Extension
Estelle McGroarty, Senior Associate Dean, College of Natural Science

Performance Excellence Program

Performance Excellence Program

The Performance Excellence Program is a performance management process that began January 1, 2016. At the core of this program is the recognition that if MSU is to continue to be a leading research university, we need talented staff who are continually developing their skills to meet the needs of a rapidly changing world. This cannot be an afterthought, but something that is planned and measured. Every staff member contributes something valuable to the overall success of MSU in our educational, research and outreach missions. And all staff members, no matter how skilled they are today, need to keep learning. Both supervisors and staff have a responsibility to participate and engage with this process. For more information, visit the website here: - See more at:

MSU Support Staff Facebook Page

The MSU Support Staff Facebook group is an informative and engaging space to connect with peers within the MSU community, learn about exciting and helpful opportunities, and recognize one another’s contributions. Support staff who are members of the group are eligible to win free give-aways, such as tickets to the cinema and Wharton Center shows, MSU souvenirs, and MSU Dairy Store coupons! 

If you have not yet joined the MSU Support Staff Facebook page, you can join by clicking here:

The Facebook group was created in response to a 2015 engagement survey, conducted on behalf of the EVP Office for Administrative Services.  Students and staff in the EVPAS office oversee this page.  Should you have any questions or concerns, please email

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