Office of the Senior Vice President for Finance and Operations

Brian D. Burnett

Dr. Brian Burnett serves as the Senior Vice President for Finance and Operations, the Chief Financial Officer, and Treasurer for the University of Minnesota. His system-wide leadership role as Chief Operations Officer includes the offices of Information Technology, University Finance, and University Services. He is a Regent-designated member of the $6B Fairview Health System Board of Directors - the primary clinical partner of the University's medical school. He was also elected Treasurer and Finance Committee Chair of the University of Minnesota Physicians’ professional practice organization.


Dr. Burnett previously served as the University of Missouri system’s Vice President for Finance and Chief Financial Officer. In this role, he provided financial leadership for the $3 billion, four-campus system. He previously served as the Senior Executive Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs and as the Chief Financial Officer for the Colorado Commission on Higher Education.


Dr. Burnett earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from University of Colorado-Boulder, a master’s degree in finance from University of Colorado-Denver, and a doctor of philosophy in educational leadership, research and policy from University of Colorado-Colorado Springs.


Michael Volna
Associate VP & Assistant CFO

Information Technology

Bernard Gulachek
Vice President of Information Technology and CIO

Investments and Banking

Stuart Mason
Associate Vice President, Chief Investment Officer

University Budget

Julie Tonneson
Associate Vice President of University Finance

University Services

Michael Berthelsen
Vice President of University Services