Brian Smith is the associate vice president for finance at the University of Michigan. In this role, Smith is responsible for the university’s central financial functions including purchasing, accounting, payroll, risk management, and sponsored programs.
He is also responsible for the externally audited financial statements, financial analysis, internal controls, tax management, and treasury functions. Finance includes more than 350 employees on the Ann Arbor campus.
Prior to becoming the associate vice president for finance, Smith served as the senior assistant vice chancellor and treasurer at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. During his career at UNC, Smith also held the positions of assistant vice chancellor for finance and accounting, interim associate vice chancellor for finance, director of treasury and risk management services, director of treasury operations, and university debt manager.
Before joining UNC, he held management positions at Wachovia Bank—now known as Wells Fargo—for 11 years. Smith is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill with a B.A. in economics.