Reporting to the President, the Senior Vice President for Finance and Operations serves as the chief business and financial officer of the University. Michael Hager provides executive leadership for the University's financial and administrative operations; formulates and implements administrative and fiscal policies; provides advice and counsel on resource allocation and sustainability initiatives; provides oversight of facilities, building operations, and safety operations; and ensures regulatory compliance. Dr. Hager also provides leadership for all capital projects, property purchases, enterprise risk management initiatives, and for numerous campus and off-campus committees and projects. The Senior Vice President is a member of the President’s Senior Leadership Team and works collaboratively with Vice Presidents and campus leadership.
The Senior Vice President has executive responsibility for the Finance and Operations division which includes the following departments: Budget, Business Operations, Environmental Health and Safety, Facilities Management, Financial Accounting & Reporting Services, Human Resource Services, Public Safety, Treasury and the UNI Bookstore. In addition, oversight of Sustainability and Information Technology is shared with the Provost.
Dr. Hager earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Northern Iowa, holds an MBA and a Doctor in Business Administration. His work experience includes working at a small private religiously-affiliated college, a large research university and now at UNI, a comprehensive university.
After working in housing, dining and student affairs for over 20 years, in 2012 he moved to business operations. During his professional work experience, Dr. Hager has presented at numerous conferences and workshops. He was recognized with a “Top Ten Program” award from the Upper Midwest Region of the Association of College and University Housing Officers multiple years. In addition, he received the Regents Kudos Award from the Nebraska Board of Regents and the President’s Award from the national Educational Theatre Association.
He currently serves on the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) advisory committee for comprehensive and doctoral institutions. He is active in his church. He and his wife, Lynnette, host students in their home multiple times each week during the school year, from small to large groups. Their two children both recently graduated from UNI, continuing the family legacy.