Office of the Senior Vice President for Finance and Operations

Brian D. Burnett

September 21, 2017 - Candidate Matthew Massman

September 20, 2017 - Candidate Steven Iselin

September 18, 2017 - Candidate Mike Berthelsen

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VP for University Services Position Profile

Search for Vice President for University Services launched

June 14, 2017


Fellow Members of the University Community,


This week we are launching the search for the Vice President for University Services.


This position serves as a key member of the Finance and Operations leadership team with systemwide responsibility.  It is my philosophy that a world-class University should expect nothing less than effective and efficient world-class support services. The Vice President for University Services is responsible for creating and sustaining a physical environment and service culture that supports and advances the mission of the University of Minnesota system.  The Vice President provides leadership and oversight responsibilities for Capital Planning and Project Management, Public Safety, Facilities Management, University Health and Safety, and Auxiliary Services.  I envision our Vice President for University Services to be an inclusive leader committed to excellence, integrity, accountability, stewardship and service who possesses a reputation for working collaboratively across a broad spectrum of stakeholders. 


I believe that the institution is best served by open, transparent search processes for its leadership positions.  As such, I have appointed a search committee with broad representation from across the University and the community. Members of the committee are: 


Brian Buhr, Dean, College of Food, Agriculture, & Natural Resource Sciences (co-chair)

Beth Nunnally, Associate Vice President, Academic Health Center (co-chair)

Pat Born, Metropolitan Council Regional Administrator (retired)

Sarah Harris, Managing Director, University of Minnesota Foundation Real Estate Advisors

Bryan Herrmann, Vice Chancellor, Finance and Facilities, Morris 

Karen Ho, Associate Professor, Anthropology, Senate Committee on Finance & Planning

Mike Kenyanya, UMD Student Body President

Matt Kramer, Vice President, University Relations

Timothy LaPara, Professor, Civil, Environmental, and Geo-Engineering

Tom McGinnis, Senior Associate Athletics Director, Twin Cities Intercollegiate Athletics

Shantal Pai, Student Senate Chair, College of Food, Agriculture, & Natural Resource Sciences

Paige Rohman, Assistant to the Vice President, University Services 

Mark Teragawa, Director, U Market Services

Sri Zaheer, Dean, Carlson School of Management


I want to thank each of these individuals for committing their time, effort, and expertise to this critical leadership search.  I am especially grateful to Associate Vice President Nunnally and Dean Buhr for their leadership.


We have selected a search firm, Ballinger/Leafblad, to support and assist the search committee in its work, and we have already started partnering with the search consultants, Lars Leafblad and Marcia Ballinger, to engage in aggressive candidate sourcing and recruiting efforts. We have also created a dedicated Vice President for University Services search web site where we will post updates and other key information about the search.


We aim to develop a rich and diverse candidate pool and we seek your assistance in bringing this opportunity to the attention of well-qualified individuals here and at other universities and organizations across the country. We invite you to submit nominations and applications. Confidential inquiries, nominations, and applications should be submitted electronically to:


Lars Leafblad, Ballinger/Leafblad



If you have questions, or would like more information about the position, search process, or application or nomination procedures, please feel free to contact Liz Eull, Chief of Staff in my office.


Thank you for all you do for the University of Minnesota.


Brian D. Burnett

Senior Vice President for Finance and Operations

Johnston Hall