Jaime Ontiveros

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Jamie Ontiveros

For over a decade, Jaime has helped higher education leaders assess and enhance their institutions’ strategic and financial operations. He specializes in budget redesigns, financial analyses, governance models, mobilizing large integrated cross-functional initiatives, and optimizing resource allocation, management, and planning.

About Jaime

An integrated financial strategy and effective use of financial data is a critical component of business success in any industry — especially higher education, where the capacity to assess the institution’s overall health is a strategic imperative to plan for its future.

Jaime has spent over a decade in the higher education sector, helping more than 50 institutions innovate and transform their financial and operational systems and processes to secure a competitive advantage. Across colleges, universities, research institutions and academic health centers, he has worked with institutional leaders, provosts, academic deans and department chairs to assist his clients in analyzing and evolving core financial and operational strategies and systems and in providing leaders with the capacity to efficiently and strategically assess the institution’s health.

Throughout his career, Jaime has helped his clients mobilize foundational strategies, systems, policies and processes to increase financial and operational efficiency. For many of his clients in academic health centers and research institutions, conducting funds flow analyses, reconciling financial intersections, and developing joint operating statements have helped them strengthen compliance as well as clinical and academic partnerships. By redesigning budget models and governance structures, workforce operations, programs, structures, processes, systems and service delivery, Jaime has helped many clients elevate their ability to navigate disruption, enhance performance and improve operational efficiency.

Before joining Huron, Jaime served in the United States Army Reserves as a platoon sergeant. Over the years, he has frequently served as an expert on planning and budgeting panels and forums, including annual conferences for the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO), the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), the Western University Financial Officers (WUFO), the Western Universities Supply Management Association (WUSMA) and the Western Association of Resource Planners (WARP).

Jaime holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration operations and management science from the University of Michigan’s Stephen M. Ross School of Business. He is a member of NACUBO and a leader within its advisory group on leadership diversity.

Areas of Expertise

  • Budgeting and Financial Management
  • Performance Improvement
  • Enterprise Performance Management
  • Business Planning
  • Strategic Planning
  • Business Unit Strategy
  • Academic Affairs


  • Education & Research

Education & Certifications

  • BBA, University of Michigan


  • Building a More Sustainable Financial Model for Colleges and Universities

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    Tim Walsh, Jaime Ontiveros, and Robert Spencer discuss major financial issues in higher education and the role of trustees in helping college and university leaders address them.

  • AGB Trusteeship Podcast: Board Leadership in Uncertain Times

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    ABG Trusteeship Podcast Episode 27: Board Leadership in Uncertain Times featuring Steve Golding with Huron experts Jim Roth and Jaime Ontiveros

  • Adapt University Budget Models to Provide a Stronger Financial Future

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    Universities should evolve their budget models and engage more leaders in financial decision making in order to overcome pandemic-related deficits.

  • Skin in the Game: How a Redesigned Budget Model Can Promote Student Engagement and Success

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    American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), July 24, 2015.

  • Budget Model Redesign: Moving Beyond Excel and Introducing Technology

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    For higher ed, considering, designing, selecting and sustaining a new budget model requires a deep understanding of the specific attributes of each model.

  • It's a Win-Win: Dean Development Drives Institutional Outcomes

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    Developing a bench of high-impact deans can prove beneficial for the individuals in question and yield improved results for the larger institution.

  • Leading with Clarity: Empowering Data-Driven Decisions in Higher Education

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    Higher education leaders must leverage data to manage risk, find creative solutions to complex challenges and position institutions for long-term success.

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