James DeVaney

Associate Vice Provost for Academic Innovation

Role: James provides leadership for academic innovation at U-M and strategic initiatives that span the university in his role as Associate Vice Provost for Academic Innovation. He provides strategic and operational leadership for the Office of Academic Innovation where he is responsible for developing a sustainable model for academic innovation and fostering a culture of innovation in learning at U-M. The Office of Academic Innovation works with innovators throughout the U-M community to advance learning through initiatives focused on curricular innovation, education at scale, public engagement, and diversity, equity and inclusion. James is a member of the Advisory Committee of the National Center for Institutional Diversity (NCID), the Coursera Council, the edX Policy Committee and the IMS Global Executive Strategic Council.

Experience: Prior to his role at U-M, James was a senior director at Huron Consulting Group where he co-founded the firm’s global education and digital education practices. Previously, he lived in the United Arab Emirates where he established the firm’s presence in the MENA region. James has worked with and provided strategic counsel to more than 50 universities in more than 15 countries across the Middle East, North Africa, Europe, Australia and North America. In addition to world-class research universities, James has advised startup colleges and universities, new educational ventures, international branch campuses, government agencies, national libraries, museums, think-tanks, social enterprise organizations and K-12 focused nonprofits.

Master of Business Administration, University of Michigan Stephen M. Ross School of Business
Master of Public Policy, University of Michigan Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy
Bachelor of Business Administration, University of Michigan Stephen M. Ross School of Business