Welcome to Academic Budget and Administration

Academic Budget and Administration (ABA) provides fiscal services and oversight to the Academic Affairs division under the direction of the Provost and Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs. It provides budget planning, allocation, and administrative assistance to college deans, vice provosts, academic directors, the University Budget Office, and support staff throughout the division. ABA also oversees the operational and financial aspects of the faculty hiring, review, and leave processes. It serves as the custodian of faculty files at the university level and maintains accurate faculty-related data.

Our Team

The Academic Budget and Administration team welcomes the opportunity to meet with department managers, department chairs, and faculty members to explore how we can be of greater assistance to Academic Affairs. We’d like to make your life easier by learning what obstacles you face and exploring ways in which we can work together to get your questions answered and problems solved. If you would like to discuss campus technologies, process problems, or questions about faculty hiring, review, or leave policy, please feel free to contact us. We’d love to talk with you.

Ichi Kwon, Director of Academic Budget and Administration (x6837)


Ichi Kwon is the Director of Academic Budget and Administration. She received her bachelor’s degree and MBA from Western Washington University. On the weekends, she tends her alpaca farm with her husband James. Her alpacas have won many ribbons at competitions around the country. Her favorite restaurant in Bellingham is D’Anna’s Cafe Italiano.

Austin Cooper, Assistant Director of Academic Budget and Administration (x3915)

Austin Cooper is the Assistant Director of Academic Budget and Administration. He graduated from Pepperdine University School of Public Policy with a Master’s Degree in Economics and American Government. He enjoys watching the news, reading American history, and enjoying the outdoors. His favorite place for lunch in Bellingham is Goat Mountain Pizza.

Mark Okinaka, Academic Budget and Planning Analyst (x3729)


Mark Okinaka is an academic planning and budget analyst. He also teaches undergraduate accounting courses in the College of Business and Economics. In the past, he worked for Ernst & Young, Universal Studios, and the US Army. He enjoys volunteering at the VFW and exploring food venues in Vancouver, B.C.

Jenny Sidwell, Program Analyst (x3509)


Jenny Sidwell is a program analyst in Academic Budget and Administration. She has a bachelor’s degree from Western Washington University and a Master’s Degree in Resource Economics from Colorado State University. In the past, she worked as a Master Data Support Analyst at REI. She enjoys hiking, camping, and listening to NPR.

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