UServices Leadership Searches

Check in here periodially for updates on leadership searches for members of the Vice President's leadership team.

University Health and Safety

08/17/2018 - Four finalists for the next Assistant Vice President for University Health and Safety will be on campus during the week of August 20.  UHS staff as well as key campus partners are invited to participate in a forum and Q&A with each candidate.  These events will be held each day in 100 Rapson Hall on the East Bank, streamed at, and archived below for later viewing.  Participants are encouraged to provide feedback via the paper forms at each event or by way of the eval URL included in the candidate announcements.

Monday, August 20: Robert Segura  |  resume  |  forum recording
Tuesday, August 21: William Diesslin  |  resume  |  forum recording
Wednesday, August 22: Paul Allwood  |  resume  |  forum recording
Thursday, August 23: Katharine Bonneson  |  resume  |  forum recording

Thanks to the search committee members Bill Paulus (U Services, co-chair), Sarah Waldemar (Research Compliance, co-chair), Michael Austin (University Health and Safety), Jessica Evenson (Institutional Compliance), Steve Keto (Duluth), Thien Sam (Biosafety Level 3 Program), Julee Taylor (Capital Project Management), and Coy Hillstead who staffed the committee.

Management Services

08/09/2018 - The search for the next Chief of Staff in University Services has been launched.  The position is posted at, and you are encouraged to recommend highly qualified candidates to apply for the vacancy.  Individuals may be referred to the URL or their names can be forwarded to Coy Hillstead,  Members of the search committee include:

  • Bruce Gritters, AVP - Capital Project Management (chair)
  • Liz Eull, Chief of Staff - Senior Vice President for Finance and Operations
  • Brea Lambert, Chief of Staff - Auxiliary Services
  • Christie Wells, Communications Manager - University Relations

Capital Project Management

04/10/2018 - Vice President Berthelsen is pleased to announce that Bruce Gritters has accepted his offer to serve as the Assistant Vice President for Capital Project Management. Bruce’s permanent appointment is effective Monday, April 16.

Bruce has been with CPPM for six years, serving as the director of project delivery prior to filling the interim AVP role. Before coming to the U, he utilized his undergraduate degree from Iowa State in construction engineering and his law degree from the University of Iowa in his roles both in the private and public sectors. Those roles included working in construction, law, and project delivery on such notable projects as the Minneapolis Convention Center renovation/expansion and the construction of the Minneapolis Central Library.

Thanks to the search committee members Brian Swanson (U Services, co-chair), Katharine Bonneson (AHC, co-chair), Don Adderly (Nursing), Trevor Dickie (Project Delivery), Cindy Harper (Planning), Bryan Herrman (Morris), Steven Lott (CFANS), Linda Weingarten (Facilities Management), Katherine Leonidas (State Designer Selection Board), and Coy Hillstead who staffed the committee.

Planning, Space, and Real Estate

04/10/2018 - Vice President Berthelsen is pleased to announce that Leslie Krueger has accepted his offer to serve as the Assistant Vice President for Planning, Space, and Real Estate. Leslie’s appointment is effective Tuesday, May 8.

Leslie has served as chief of staff for University Services for 13 years. During this time she has been instrumental in major planning efforts such as the Twin Cities campus master plan, planning for and mitigating the impacts of light rail transit on the Minneapolis campus, and advancing the U’s efforts to address contamination at UMORE Park. Utilizing her BA from the University of Chicago and her master’s work in urban planning from the Humphrey Institute, Leslie started her career as a land use planner with the City of Minneapolis, prior to moving into strategic planning and organizational development at the City.

Thanks to the search committee members Ken Kerns (University Health and Safety, co-chair), Mike Volna (University Finance, co-chair), Ian Baebenroth (Planning), Jon Dostal (Real Estate), Gail Sauter (Rochester), John Seidelmann (AHC Facilities and Planning), Shari Zeise (U Services),  Sarah Harris (U of M Foundation Real Estate Advisors), and Coy Hillstead who staffed the committee.

Facilities Management

03/13/2018 - Vice President Berthelsen is pleased to announce that Bill Paulus has accepted his offer to serve as the Associate Vice President for Facilities Management. Bill's permanent appointment is effective Monday, March 19.

For the past 19 months, Bill has successfully led FM as the interim AVP. His time in the interim role builds upon over a decade of experience in various FM positions, including information and process management, the health sciences district, and central services. Bill's years in the private sector at Honeywell and Allied-Signal bring a unique perspective on how the U can deliver its work in a variety of ways. Having spent a decade in the AVP role himself, Vice President Berthelsen believes Bill is the right candidate to lead the FM team in delivering a safe, welcoming, and reliable campus experience.

Thanks to the search committee members Leslie Krueger (U Services, co-chair), Shaan Hamilton (Libraries, co-chair), Cathy Abene (Energy Management), Anika Carlsted (CLA), David Crane (Classroom Management), Daniel Elliot (Housing and Residential Life), Lee Loudermill (Facilities Management), and Harry Melander (Building and Trades Council), and Curt Holewa who staffed the committee.

Human Resources

01/26/2018 - Vice President Berthelsen is pleased to announce that Ann Durushia has accepted his offer to fill the Director of Human Resources position. Ann has served as interim director since July 2016.

Ann has more than two decades of HR experience here at the U. She has had the opportunity to work as the HR business partner for almost all of U Services' units, and has built positive relationships across the U. Under her leadership the USHR team has continued to provide high quality service and have implemented several new initiatives to support our U Services Goal to Engage and Support Employees. Vice President Berthelsen has great faith in her knowledge, judgement, and dedication.

Thanks the search committee members, Laurie Scheich (chair), Shelly Carthen Watson, Matt Clark, Mike Overline, Valerie Watson, and Paige Rohman, who staffed the committee, for their outstanding and thorough work.