Welcome to InFocus!
Hello and thank you for taking the time to read this quarter’s edition of InFocus.
In June, I was honored to be selected by President Wolfe to serve as the Vice President for Finance and Chief Financial Officer for the UM System. It has been a whirlwind first month in Missouri with visits to the each of the units in the Division of Finance, three of the four campuses, an Extension tour, and a visit to the Delta Center, just to name a few.
I appreciate the warm welcome and hospitality I have received since moving to Missouri in late August. The Finance division’s reach across the system is remarkable and it is vital that our system has an effective and efficient Finance division in support of the University of Missouri’s teaching, research, and service missions.
It is my early observation there are many hard working and dedicated staff in our division committed to helping this system be one of the best in class among the public flagship systems in the United States. Thank you for the work you do to help us reach this goal.
I believe our role in this complex multi-billion dollar enterprise is one of providing high-quality service and support for students, faculty, and staff. Simply, it is not about us – rather, it is the campuses, colleges, schools, farms, research centers, hospitals and clinics, and Extension who we are here to serve. While we do have regulatory responsibilities, how we administer and respond to our constituents is key for me and our division.
We will explore these concepts further in discussions and future issues of InFocus, but I wanted to lead with my firm belief and commitment to dedicated support for those we serve.
I look forward to meeting and getting to know more of you the months and years ahead.
Again, thanks for the welcome and your support during this leadership transition.
Brian D. Burnett