December 17, 2015
Amy K. Dittmar, senior associate dean for graduate programs and diversity in the Stephen M. Ross School of Business, has been appointed vice provost for academic and budgetary affairs.
Her appointment, approved Thursday by the Board of Regents, is effective Jan. 1 and runs through Dec. 31, 2020. Dittmar replaces Alfred Franzblau who will return to his role as a faculty member in the School of Public Health and the Medical School.
“Professor Dittmar’s research in finance, organizational governance, diversity and management, and her experience in academic administration will be important assets in her work as vice provost for academic and budgetary affairs,” said Provost Martha E. Pollack. “Her clear thinking and good judgment will help to assure that the budget reflects our fundamental commitment to diversity and excellence.”
The vice provost for academic and budgetary affairs works collaboratively with the provost in setting policy pertaining to academic and budgetary issues, and serves as direct liaison to deans and directors in many areas of academic and budgetary affairs.
“I am honored to be able to have this opportunity to serve the University of Michigan community,” Dittmar said. “I look forward to working with the provost, deans and directors and using my expertise to assist in the budgetary process and in other academic affairs.”
Dittmar received a Bachelor of Science degree in finance and business economics from Indiana University, and a doctorate in finance from the University of North Carolina.
In 2003, she joined the Ross School as an assistant professor of finance. She was promoted to associate professor in 2009 and to professor in 2014.
Dittmar’s research examines corporate financial decision-making. Throughout her career, she has studied payout and cash policy, capital structure decisions, the relation between financing and investment decisions, and the impact of governance on corporate policy and performance.
Her work is published in the major finance and economic journals, including Quarterly Journal of Economics, Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, Review of Financial Studies, Journal of Business and Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis.