Catherine L Lilly

Senior Advisor to the EVPCFO, University of Michigan , Ann Arbor, Michigan

Catherine Lilly has served the University of Michigan as the Senior Advisor to the Executive Vice President/ Chief Financial Officer for the last 12 years. In this role, she partners with the Executive Vice President, the nine-member senior leadership team and 3300 professional, administrative and bargained-for staff that comprise the Business and Finance (B&F) division, to implement initiatives that result in improved performance and increased workplace engagement. Catherine recently served the Office of the President as the Lead Facilitator for the President's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Five Year Strategic Planning process.

With over twent-five years of experience in consulting in higher education, Catherine has successfully implemented numerous strategic comprehensive organization effectiveness and change management programs, including organization-wide strategic planning, continuous improvement, integrated human resource management, executive leadership teambuilding, leadership/executive development, shared services and using employee and customer survey data to build high-performance cultures. .

Catherine believes in the strategic importance of higher education as a sector, and so the for last twenty years, she has frequently contributed her insights and experience and been well-received as a presenter at NACUBO and CUPA national conferences. She also has served as president of the board of NCCI, higher education’s premier Network for Change and Continuous Innovation.

Finally, Catherine has a life-long passion for individual leader development and leadership effectiveness and has designed and implemented many intensive best practice leadership development programs throughout her career. Most recently she has been pleased with the success of the B&F Leadership Academy and the OUD Leadership Blue programs she established in terms of developing and retaining the high-performing administrative managers and professionals needed to sustain the University of Michigan’s global position as Leaders and Best now and into the future.

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