Holly Nielsen joined UMTRI as business administrator in September of 2015.
She is responsible for developing and administering the financial, business information, human-resource, and facilities functions of UMTRI. She will maintain a close working relationship with administrators in the U-M Office of Research as well as other U-M schools and colleges.&
Holly earned a BA from U-M, majoring in economics and German. Her studies included a semester abroad at the University of Heidelberg in Germany. She also earned an MBA from the U-M Ross School of Business.
Prior to joining UMTRI, she was the executive director for Application and Information Services (AIS) for U-M’s Information and Technology Services since October 2011. In this position she was responsible for the university’s enterprise applications, which support U-M’s core activities and provide information to inform strategic, tactical, and operational decision making across the university.
Before being an executive director, Holly served ITS as the director of AIS Enabling Technologies and Services from June 2010 to October 2011. In that role, she led strategic planning for business intelligence, mobile applications, portals, and performance support. Her work in the areas of business intelligence and mobile-application development has been recognized in national and local media.
Between 1998 and 2010, Holly served as assistant director, first for Student Administration, and then for Business Intelligence. In these leadership roles, she built the university’s business-intelligence environment and developed the strategy for the Next Generation Data Warehouse.
When Holly began her career at U-M in 1986, she was a computer consultant at the U-M Ross School of Business Administration. Between 1988 and 1998, she moved to positions of increasing responsibility. She was coordinator of Office Information Systems for the Office of the President, Academic Affairs, and the Office of Budget and Planning; senior data analyst for University Information Systems; coordinator of Management Information Systems in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts; and subproject manager for M-Pathways Student Administration.