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Announcing the new RAAC Project Manager 

Chris DeVries

We are delighted to announce that Chris DeVries has accepted the position of Research Administration Advisory Council Project Manager, effective August 1, 2016.

Chris will fill the position which opened after Yvonne Sturt's promotion to Assistant Director of the Office of Research and Sponsored Projects.

In this role as RAAC Project Manager, Chris will:
  • manage a portfolio of projects related to research administration;
  • work closely with the research administration community to ensure the efficient implementation of initiatives without duplication of effort, and
  • provide regular project status updates to project stakeholders.
Chris comes to this position from the Human Subject Incentives Program (HSIP) of the Treasurer’s Office, where he served as Research Finance Program Manager. In this position, Chris managed all daily operational activities related to the HSIP, developed and refined customer satisfaction surveys to gain a deeper understanding of customer needs, provided financial oversight, and worked on process improvement initiatives utilizing lean process improvement methodology.

 He earned his MBA from Eastern Michigan University and his BA in Anthropology from the University of Michigan's College of Literature, Science, and the Arts. His hobbies include road and mountain cycling, hiking, traveling, reading, and spending time with his wife and two children. Please join us in welcoming Chris DeVries!

About the RAAC

The Research Administration Advisory Council (RAAC) was founded in 2012 with the primary intentions of organizing and energizing the research community around the concept of optimizing the pre- and post-award processes at the University of Michigan.

This council represents a collaborative effort between the Office of Research and Sponsored Projects (ORSP) within the Research division and Sponsored Programs within the Finance division.

The RAAC consists of an Executive Committee and five subcommittees: Communications, Training, Metrics, Process, and Faculty Advisory Council. It helps to: 
  • Initiate areas of improvement for the functioning of research administration at the University of Michigan
  • Serve as a “sounding board” for schools, units, colleges, institutes and central offices on proposed actions and programs that will affect research administration
  • Facilitate effective communication for the research administration community
  • When asked, weigh in on policy decisions.

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