Mike has been employed at South Dakota State University for nearly ten years and has filled various roles within the Office of Finance and Business over this time period. His current role at SDSU includes university-wide financial modeling, policy development, and financial reporting and analysis. Over the last couple of years one of his major undertakings has been helping to lead the change from a historical incremental budget model to a new Decentralized Budget Model (DBM).He has been involved in all phases of the change from the theoretical side, including the research and policy recommendation, to the implementation side, which involved redesigning their financial accounting process and developing reports and simulation tools to help drive efficiency and improve forecasting. He received bachelor degrees in mathematics and agricultural business, as well as a masters degree in economics, from SDSU. He also holds a doctoral degree in sociology with a focus on differential pricing and resource allocation in higher education.