Debbie Talley is the director of sponsored programs at the University of Michigan. The Sponsored Programs area manages the post-award activities of the university’s research enterprise and other sponsored activities to ensure compliance with applicable federal, state, and local laws, and sponsor regulations. The university receives over $1 billion annually in revenues from various government agencies and private sources for sponsored programs.
Talley has been working in the accounting field for 30 years. She joined Finance nearly 20 years ago and has held a variety of positions in the division over the years. During her career in Finance, Talley has had an integral role in a variety of important Finance and U-M initiatives, including implementing PeopleSoft, reorganizing Sponsored Programs to better serve its customers, working on the university’s financial statements with the controller and external auditors, streamlining financial processes to make them more efficient, and leading the shared services finance project team. Talley has a BBA in accounting from Eastern Michigan University.