Office of the Senior Vice President for Finance and Operations

Brian D. Burnett

Vice President of Human Resources Search

Message from President Gabel

The University of Minnesota’s greatest asset is our people, and through the strategic work of our Vice President for Human Resources, we are committed to cultivating and championing our talent, while fostering a welcoming community that values belonging, equity, diversity, and dignity in people and ideas.


My expectations for this position are high, and I feel strongly that the Vice President for Human Resources position is critical to our success, as reflected in my decision to have the position report directly to me. However, the previous search effort did not result in a successful hire. Therefore, I have decided to postpone the search until further notice, and will keep you posted about next steps in the coming year. I appreciate your engagement in the search process, and especially want to thank the search committee for their hard work and dedication in recruiting and screening candidates for this position.


In consultation with University leaders and representative stakeholders, I have decided that it is best to move forward with an interim appointment. Ken Horstman, Senior Director of Total Compensation, will serve as Interim Vice President for Human Resources, effective January 6, 2020. Many of you already know Ken, who has an extensive background as a human resources leader and practitioner in both private and public sectors, and has proven to be a thoughtful and collaborative partner. Ken will report directly to me, serve as a member of the president’s cabinet, and will be expected to work closely with senior leaders, faculty, staff, and students across the system to identify and advance critical priorities for the year ahead. I look forward to working closely with Ken, and with all of you, to further this work.


Finally, I want to thank Kathy Brown for her many years of leadership at the University, and for her willingness to remain in the position through the end of this calendar year while we conducted the search. Kathy will be working closely with Ken and with me to ensure a smooth transition, for which we are extremely grateful. 


Search Updates

Position Profile

Reporting to the President and an active member of the Senior Leadership Team, the Vice President of Human Resources will be a strategic doer focused on cultivating and championing our greatest asset - our people. This individual will be deeply dedicated to employee well-being while valuing this positive investment and its direct ties to our central mission.


For More Information

For more information about the search process, please contact: 


Liz Eull, Chief of Staff, Office of the Senior Vice President for Finance and Operations



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Search Committee

Mos Kaveh

Dean, College of Science of Engineering, Co-chair


Gail Klatt

Chief Auditor, Internal Audit, Co-chair


Fernando Bucaro

Finance Director, Office of the Vice President for Research


Lori Carrell

Chancellor, UM-Rochester


Tina Falkner

Director, Student Finance, Academic Support Resources. Chair, Benefits Advisory Committee


Colleen Flaherty Manchester

Associate Professor, Work & Organizations, Carlson School of Management. Member, Retirement Plan Governance Committee. Member, Faculty Consultative Committee


Bernie Gulachek

Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Office of Information Technology


Erin Heath

Project Coordinator and Chief of Staff, Institutional Analysis. Member, P&A Consultative Committee


Boyd Kumher

Chief Compliance Officer, Office of Institutional Compliance


Marti Hope Gonzales

Associate Professor, Psychology, College of Liberal Arts. Member, Senate Committee on Faculty Affairs


Tina Marisam

Director, Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, Office of Equity and Diversity


Ray Muno

Information Technology Manager, Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics, College of Science and Engineering. Past Chair, Civil Service Consultative Committee


Mary Rohman Kuhl

Director, Compensation and Classification, Office of Human Resources


Rebecca Ropers

Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs, Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost


Mani Vang

Human Resources Director, College of Education and Human Development


Angie Freeman

Chief Human Resources Officer, C.H. Robinson