Indiana University Bloomington Provost and Executive Vice President Rahul Shrivastav is continuing to solidify his leadership team.
Following the June 14 announcement of M.A. “Venkat” Venkataramanan’s return to the Kelley School of Business faculty from his position as Executive Vice Provost for Finance, Budget, and Strategy, Shrivastav today (June 23) officially announced two new leaders.
Venkat's role has been divided, restructured, and expanded into two newly envisioned positions. Aimee Heeter is the new Vice Provost for Finance and Administration, and Carrie Docherty the Interim Vice Provost for Strategy and Innovation. Both are the first women to serve the campus in these areas at the vice provost level.
"I could not be more pleased to welcome Aimee and Carrie to our campus leadership team,” Shrivastav said. “Each has deep knowledge of the Bloomington campus, and each brings a vast network of collaborative relationships—internally and externally—as well as their own innovative new ideas. I have no doubt that, with their help, we’ll be able to move the needle on campus issues including improvements to the student experience and furthering our research missions in areas that include science, technology, and health.”
Heeter has served as Associate Vice Provost in the Office of Finance, Budget, and Strategy for nine years, working closely with Vice Provost Venkat on long-term fiscal health and strategic initiatives; critical analytic projects, such as creation of the AM360 dashboard; and the development of four new schools. Over the past several years, Heeter has built an integrated administrative shared services team to transform business processes and increase use of technology to simplify and improve campus operations. Shrivastav said Heeter’s excellent, productive working relationships throughout the campus and with other research universities will continue to inform her work on budget models, organizational development, and fiscal strategies that improve the campus.
Heeter will expand on her recent role as associate vice provost (and that position will not be replaced). As vice provost, she will be responsible for the fiscal health and administrative activities of the campus, including fiscal strategy, responsibility for a $2.0 billion budget, and auxiliary services, along with administrative functions. Heeter will also develop operations strategies for implementation of strategic campus priorities and oversee fiscal and administrative operations including budgetary planning, human resources, financial administration, internal controls, foundation management, and auxiliary services.
Heeter earned three degrees at IU: a B.A. in journalism; an M.S. in education; and a doctorate in higher education finance.
She is an active member of the Association for the Study of Higher Education and the National Association of College and University Business Officers. Heeter speaks regularly with national universities on higher education budgeting, long- range fiscal strategies, and shared service opportunities in administration, as well as guest lectures in undergraduate and graduate courses.
Carrie Docherty, Interim Vice Provost for Strategy and Innovation, comes from the School of Public Health, where she has served as Executive Associate Dean since 2018 and on the faculty since 2003. She is transitioning to the role gradually this summer and will move into the position full time Aug. 1.
Shrivastav called Docherty a “star” whose strategic planning experience will bring a fresh perspective to central administration that will help elevate the campus mission.
Through this newly created position, Docherty will oversee and manage critical strategic planning and implementation of priority initiatives, working closely with faculty, chairs, deans, fellow campus leaders, and the provost to advance the campus mission. This role is especially critical for the process of campus strategic planning and implementation of priority initiatives for IU Bloomington.
Docherty earned her Bachelor of Science degree from IU and her M.Ed. and her Ph.D. from the University of Virginia.
She has been awarded the distinction of Fellow of the National Academy of Kinesiology, Fellow of the National Athletic Trainers Association, and Outstanding Educator Award from the Great Lakes Athletic Trainers' Association. Docherty is an internationally recognized scholar and educator in her field. Her research focuses on rehabilitation sciences, specifically how chronic ankle instability impacts physical activity and health related quality of life.
A search for the permanent Vice Provost for Strategy and Innovation will be conducted in the fall.