2014 - 4th Quarter

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Brian Burnett, Vice President for Finance and CFO

Brian Burnett, Vice President for Finance and CFO


Events over the past few weeks give me great optimism for the future of the UM System, its campuses and operations statewide. While many challenges confront us, I am pleased to see so many students from the state of Missouri and beyond chose one of our campuses to continue their educational pursuits this fall. All of the campuses reported enrollment increases and our collective market share of high school graduates in the state continues to climb. Governor Nixon’s release of not only state funding for core operations and the release of $200 million in maintenance and repair (M&R) bonding previously approved by the Missouri legislature for higher education was welcome news. Our system’s share of this bonding is just over $95 million and will help all of our campuses make needed improvements to critical teaching and laboratory buildings that serve our students. We look forward to the state giving final approval to the specific M&R projects we submitted this week in early 2015. It appears Missouri’s economy is improving as well and we sincerely hope this continued recovery will represent an opportunity for the state to make additional investments in the University of Missouri in the upcoming fiscal year in both core operations and capital requests.


While I am optimistic about our future, I also recognize that recent data released confirms that the state of Missouri is 44th out of 50 in funding higher education on a per student basis. This reality, along with state-level constraints on tuition increases, means we must continue to look for efficiencies in how we support the educational, clinical and research needs of our system. I recognize many reductions and efficiencies have already been made in years past. However, we must realize we face a near term of limited resource growth and must look for ways to thrive and creatively grow this enterprise under these conditions. Every staff member plays a part in helping our leaders think about new ways of doing business and getting our work accomplished.

Additionally, we need to ensure we follow established system policies and procedures created to make sure our funds are spent in a manner consistent with an efficient and high performing public land-grant university system. If you are unfamiliar with the policies, rules or procedures with respect to purchases or contracting, please reach out to the staff members in the supply chain, the controller’s office, or experts on each of the campuses and ask for assistance. It is important we continue to spend our limited dollars wisely and within established guidelines and I appreciate everyone’s contributions in this effort.


I would like to thank all of the staff across the UM System who work to make the campuses and operations of the university a tremendous asset for the citizens of this state and nation. I hope each of you have the opportunity to enjoy the holiday season with friends and family and look back on a very productive and exciting 2014 across our system. Great things are happening on every campus and throughout the operations of the UM System – I hope you share in the pride of your contributions to the success of this university. Happy New Year to everyone and I look forward to great things ahead in 2015.

Office of the Controller

Forms W-2

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Compliance Corner

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Records Management

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