Financial Planning & Analysis


The Office of Financial Planning and Analysis partners with academic and administrative leaders, coordinates campus-wide budget and financial planning activities, and facilitates allocating resources necessary to support Maine’s public flagship research university. We are a collaborative group of professionals dedicated to the success of the University of Maine and the University of Maine at Machias.

Our Mission

The Office of Financial Planning & Analysis will be an innovative partner, delivering excellent service to the University of Maine (UM) and University of Maine at Machias (UMM) communities. Our priority is supporting the success of students, faculty, staff, and our community by responsibly managing our fiscal, administrative, and infrastructure health.

Our Strategic Goals & Objectives

The Office of Financial Planning & Analysis guides the annual budget process for the university.

  • We facilitate the annual budget development and budget implementation processes for all funds.
  • We develop the annual budget timeline, tools, templates, and training.
  • We analyze departmental budget requests and expenditures as they relate to the university’s overall current and future success.
  • We report financial performance through monthly and quarterly financial reporting, and through annual forecasting.
  • We develop and update financial models in support of budget development, including business case development, break-even analysis, variance analysis, or “what if” analysis as necessary for decision-making.
  • We analyze university research indirect costs and recommend allocation methodology and budget.
  • We evaluate processes and policies to eliminate potential bias in resource allocation.

The Office of Financial Planning & Analysis directs long-range operational plans for the university.

  • We develop multi-year planning scenarios and models for the university to assist in strategic financial planning and ensure fiscal responsibility and sustainability.
  • We support data-informed decision-making through collaborative, high-quality financial analysis.
  • We create and review models for projections of key university revenues and expenses:
    • enrollment projections
    • tuition and fee charges
    • returns on investment or endowment funds
    • staffing levels and salary expenses
    • capital project integration
    • other functions, as directed
  • We incorporate major long-term gift budgets into operational plans.
  • We prepare capital budgets and recommend the financial feasibility of capital expenditures, including total cost of ownership analysis of capital projects.
  • We collaborate with the Provost’s office to integrate academic program metrics with financial data to aid in academic program review.

The Office of Financial Planning & Analysis leads, collaborates, and communicates across the university.

  • We collaborate closely with the University of Maine System (UMS) Vice Chancellor for Finance & Administration, as well as the UMS accounting and finance teams.
  • We work collaboratively with the Business Office, Office of Student Financial Services, and other campus partners to ensure the university’s budgeting and financial planning processes are transparent, rigorous, efficient, and user-friendly.
  • We liaise with deans, unit directors, and financial managers across campus for planning purposes.
  • We collaborate directly with the Executive Director of Facilities Management and Director of Space and Capital Management Services to develop annual and multi-year capital renewal plans that optimize federal and state appropriations, philanthropic funds, debt service, and unrestricted revenues.
  • We coordinate with the UMaine Foundation and other campus partners to optimize the use of university endowments and current gifts.
  • We support the Vice President for Finance and Administration & CBO with regular reporting to the various committees of the Board of Trustees on financial matters.

Recent News

Board of Trustees approve FY25 University of Maine System operating budget

FORT KENT, Maine — At their regular meeting today at the University of Maine at Fort Kent, Trustees unanimously approved a $648.6 million Fiscal Year 2025 (FY25) operating budget for the University of Maine System (UMS) that is balanced by new efficiencies and revenue. […]

Maine’s public universities directly invested
>$630M in Maine’s economy in FY23

ORONO, Maine — The University of Maine System (UMS) invested more than $630 million directly into the Maine economy last fiscal year through payroll and purchasing, a new analysis shows. UMS is among the state’s largest employers […]