Kate Henz - 025 cropKate Henz is Senior Associate Dean for Operations and Strategy for the College of Arts and Sciences.

Henz provides strategic direction and leadership in the management of resources within the College and serves as an adviser to the dean on all matters relating to finance, budget planning, resource reallocation, the design and implementation of technology plans, the processing of personnel materials and the efficient use of space throughout the College.

Henz has more than 10 years of higher education financial, management and policy experience. She has extensive experience in a research university setting, with demonstrable success in project management and team building; direct experience in a shared service operation; experience in process improvement, data sharing and data management; program evaluation; and deep experience in public budgeting, including capital budgeting and facility planning.

Henz previously served as associate vice president for policy, planning and analysis for UNC General Administration. That position gave her a comprehensive overview of academic and financial policy at the state level. She most recently worked with the senior vice president for strategy and policy, the system president, the board of governors, chancellors and other institutional stakeholders in the development of the 2017 strategic plan for the 16-campus UNC system.

Before joining UNC General Administration in 2012, Henz was at the University of New Mexico, where her last position was financial officer and associate director for finance and administration in the Provost’s Office. In all, she has served as a principal adviser on a multitude of issues to three senior vice presidents of academic affairs at UNC General Administration and three provosts at the University of New Mexico.

Prior to a career in higher education, Henz was a small enterprise development volunteer for the United States Peace Corps serving in Ghana, West Africa, and prior to that, she worked at KPMG as an external auditor.

Henz also serves as chair of the Town of Chapel Hill Human Services Advisory Board.
She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in educational research policy and analysis at NC State University and has a master’s in public administration from the University of New Mexico. She holds a B.S. in finance from Santa Clara University.

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