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Brian Burnett was named the Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration of the University of Alabama at Birmingham by President Watts on January 27, 2021 after a national search. He began this assignment on May 1, 2021 after completing a term appointment as the Interim Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for the University of Maryland, College Park.
Dr. Burnett has previously served as a senior finance and operations leader at several flagship public universities including the University of Minnesota, the University of Missouri and the University of Colorado. He served on the Board of Directors of the Minneapolis-based $6B Fairview Health System, the primary clinical partner of the School of Medicine, as a Regent designee representing the University of Minnesota. He also served as Treasurer and Board Member of the $600M University of Minnesota Physicians practice plan and was a board member of the $1B University of Missouri Health Care System while serving as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the University of Missouri System.
He holds a BA in Economics from the University of Colorado, Boulder, a MS in Finance from the University of Colorado, Denver, and a PhD in Educational Leadership from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.