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

06/01/2018 - The search for the next Assistant Vice President for University Health and Safety is underway.  UHS plays a critical role in monitoring and proactively assessing the University’s physical environment to ensure safe and healthy working and living conditions, systemwide, for University of Minnesota students, staff, faculty, and community neighbors. The vacancy has been posted. If you have recommendations for well-qualified candidates, please forward the link to them to or send their name and contact information to Coy Hillstead

Thank you to the following members of the University community who have agreed to serve on the search committee:

  • Bill Paulus, Associate Vice President - Facilities Management
  • Sarah Waldemar, Director - Research Compliance
  • Michael Austin, Director - Environmental Health and Safety
  • Jessica Evenson, Associate Program Director - Institutional Compliance
  • John Rashid, Director - Duluth Facilities Management
  • Thien Sam, Program Manager - Biosafety Level 3 Program
  • Julee Taylor, Construction Project Manager - Capital Project Management

Management Services

05/04/2018 - Vice President Berthelsen has announced that Paige Rohman will serve as interim Chief of Staff, following the promotion of Leslie Krueger to AVP for Planning, Space, and Real Estate.  A search for this position will be launched later in the summer.

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.