Vice Chancellor - Chief Financial Officer Laura M. King

Laura M. King

Vice Chancellor of Finance and
Chief Financial Officer


Laura joined the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system on October 28, 1996. She was Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Finance from 1994-1996 and before that appointment she served as Assistant Commissioner and State Budget Director. Her accomplishments include leading the administration´s successful efforts to return the state to financial health with four balanced budgets, capital and operating budget reforms, and restoration of the state´s rainy day fund. She holds a master´s degree in business administration from the University of St. Thomas and a bachelor of arts in psychology and statistics from the University of Minnesota.

Associate Vice Chancellor for Facilities Brian Yolitz

Brian Yolitz

Associate Vice Chancellor for Facilities


Brian joined the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system on August 18, 2010. He retired after 27 years of service with the United States Air Force. His final assignment was as Director of Installations at Headquarters, US Air Forces Central, Shaw AFB, South Carolina. His responsibilities included planning and execution of $2.1B in construction, service and commodity contracts for the Air Force. Brian has a bachelor´s degree in Civil Engineering from UW - Platteville, a MS in Engineering Management from the University of Alaska and a master´s degree in National Resource Strategy from the National Defense University.

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Denise Kirkeby

Director for Financial Reporting


Denise Kirkeby, Financial Reporting System Director has 19 years of financial reporting experience in higher education and government. Denise oversees the following units within the system office: financial reporting, campus assistance, loans, business office and special project units. Denise joined Minnesota State in 2002. Prior to Minnesota State, Denise held the position of Financial Reporting Specialist at Minnesota Management and Budget. Denise is an alumnae of the Minnesota State system, having graduated with a certificate from Dakota County Technical College's travel program. She also attended Century College and graduated from Metropolitan State University with a MBA in 2006.

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Deb Bednarz

System Director, Financial Planning and Analysis


Deb Bednarz has served as System Director, Financial Planning and Analysis since joining Minnesota State Colleges and Universities in June, 2011. Her team is responsible for overseeing and supporting Minnesota State’s budget process and providing a wide array of financial analysis and data.

Prior to joining the Minnesota State system, Deb was the budget and statistics manager for the U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota. She has also served as an executive budget officer for Minnesota Management and Budget, where she worked with state agencies and the governor's office to prepare operating and capital budgets.

Deb earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree in public affairs from the Humphrey School.