Operations & Finance

Operations and Finance sustains and advances the University's mission to create, preserve and disseminate knowledge through leadership and innovation in business strategy and processes. We build partnerships with the University community to better understand their needs and goals and to jointly conduct and develop mutually beneficial practices.


Mike Rounds is Vice Provost for Operations, with primary responsibility for the following departments: Human Resources; Custodial Services; Facilities Services (Academic and Housing); Parking & Transit; Facilities Planning & Development; Office of Sustainability; Institutional Opportunity & Access; and Environment, Health and Safety.

Mike provides the leadership and strategic visioning to align these departments with the University’s mission and goals, while working closely with theProvost and other KU leaders and campus partners to ensure key campus services meet the needs and expectations of KU students, faculty, staff and campus visitors.

Prior to his current role, Mike served as Senior Associate Vice Provost for Administration, Interim Chief Information Officer and Associate Vice Provost for Human Resources at KU. Mike has more than 30 years of experience in military and education institution leadership. His military experience includes serving as Director of Operational Plans and Joint Force Development for the Joint Staff in the Department of Defense. In that role he oversaw the accreditation of all joint education venues in DoD, managed an $800 million operational budget and led a staff of more than 100 military and civilian employees. He retired from the Army in 2009 at the rank of Brigadier General.

Mike earned an MBA from Baker University, a master’s degree in military arts and sciences from the U.S. Army War College, a master’s degree in East Asian studies from Yale University and a bachelor’s degree in political science from the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y.

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About Operations

Operations provides the visible and behind-the-scenes services that make possible the University’s academic and research missions. From recruiting and retaining talented faculty and staff to maintaining historic buildings and caring for one of the most beautiful campuses in America, Operations staff are dedicated to serving KU students, faculty, staff and campus visitors.

See Operations Departments


Diane is the Chief Financial Officer for the University and Vice Provost for Finance for the Lawrence campus of the University of Kansas.  She works closely with the Chancellor and the Provost/Executive Vice Chancellor on fiscal strategies for the campus, particularly in relation to budget, tuition and the research foundation.  Her responsibilities include oversight of the Business and Financial Planning Office as well as the Lawrence campus fiscal and operational functions including the Budget Office, Comptroller’s Office, Procurement Services Office, Public Safety Office, and the KU Card Office.

Prior to becoming the Vice Provost for Finance in November 2008 she was the Associate Vice Provost/Comptroller for the Lawrence campus of The University of Kansas.  Diane had served as KU’s Comptroller for a number of years, where her principal responsibility included maintaining institutional fiscal integrity and accountability.  She also held the positions of Acting Budget Director, Director of Purchasing, and Associate Comptroller at KU.  From 1984 to 1991, Diane was Associate Director at the Kansas Geological Survey. 

Prior to coming to KU she was the Chief Accountant/Controller at Yale University Health Services, New Haven, Connecticut.  She also served as Business Manager for the Yale University Art Gallery in the early 1980s. 

Diane received her bachelor’s in economics from Southern Connecticut State University, and her MBA from the University of Kansas.

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About Finance

Finance units at the University of Kansas are deeply committed to fiscal integrity and advancing the institution’s priorities of student success, faculty and staff engagement, community engagement, and diversity, equity, and inclusion. They embody this by supporting all units by developing more efficient business operations, engaging the Finance workforce with learning opportunities that improve customer service and build expertise, actively engaging with the campus and Lawrence communities, and growing KU’s Finance workforce to be more representative of the world. Finance strives to serve our community with excellence and respect.

Visit our website at https://finance.ku.edu