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Vice President for Finance and Chief Financial Officer

Brian Burnett

Brian Burnett has served as the University of Missouri System Vice President for Finance and Chief Financial Officer since August 2014.  Dr. Burnett previously served as the senior executive vice chancellor for administration and finance at University of Colorado-Colorado Springs (UCCS). 

The University of Missouri System is comprised of four public research universities serving over 77,000 students annually, the MU Health System, and MU extension offices with financial assets exceeding $6 billion and annual operating revenues exceeding $3 billion.

Dr. Burnett serves as a general officer of the university and provides leadership in the areas of cash, investment and debt management, facilities planning, real estate, risk management, internal audit, supply chain, budgeting, financial reporting and financial systems management.  He ensures the integrity of the university's financial statements and provides oversight in the management of financial, operational and compliance risk. He works closely with members of the Board of Curators of the University of Missouri including primary responsibility to the chairs of the Finance and Audit committees. He works with campus Chancellors and Vice Chancellors for Finance in developing financial strategies for both operating and capital budgets for each institution in support of the campus strategic plan.  He works with the Missouri Coordinating Board for Higher Education, Governor’s office, Missouri legislature, and local officials and advocates on behalf of the system and its campuses, programs and operations.  Dr. Burnett is a Teaching Professor in the MU College of Education and teaches a graduate course on higher education finance for the Department of Education Leadership and Policy Analysis.

Working closely with system accounting officials and the Board of Curators, Dr. Burnett advocated for the adoption of GASB #68 on the university’s financial statements to account for the net pension liability of the UM pension system. As one of the early adopters in the nation among public entities, this strategy represents being at the forefront for transparency and prudent financial planning for the UM system.

A native of Colorado Springs, Dr. Burnett earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Colorado Boulder, a master’s degree in finance from the University of Colorado Denver and a doctor of philosophy in educational leadership, research and policy from UCCS.  Previous to his roles at UCCS, Burnett served as the chief financial officer for the Colorado Commission on Higher Education.

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Reviewed 2016-08-17.