Minnesota State Names Finalists for Vice Chancellor, Finance and Facilities

Posted: May 3, 2019

Contact: Doug Anderson, doug.anderson@MinnState.edu, 651-201-1426

ST. PAUL, Minn., May 3, 2019 – Minnesota State has named three finalists in the search for the next vice chancellor for finance and facilities. The candidates are Justin Butler, Matthew Massman, and Jennifer Schultz.

The candidates were recommended by a search advisory committee comprised of students, faculty, and staff, and chaired by Pat Johns, president of Lake Superior College. The candidates are scheduled to participate in open forum presentations as an opportunity for students, faculty, staff, and members of the community to meet each of the candidates and offer feedback. The forums will be held on Tuesday, May 7 between 10 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. at the Minnesota State office in St. Paul, and will also be available via Skype. Full vitas for each of the finalists are available from the vice chancellor search web page.

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Justin Butler
has served Checkerberry Holdings, LLC as chief financial officer and shareholder since 2017. Previously, he served Target Corporation from 2016 to 2017 as a senior director and business risk advisor from 2016 to 2017; Synchrony Financial (formerly GE Capital Retail Bank) from 2012 to 2016 as vice president of finance strategy and enterprise compliance leader; Bank of America from 2010 to 2012 as senior vice president of product management and senior vice president of product management and operations business control; and Ally Financial as operational risk manager from 2009 to 2010. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Saint Louis University and a master of business administration from Northwestern University (IL).


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Matthew Massman
was the commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Administration from 2014 to 2019. Previously, he served as the deputy chief of staff in the Office of Governor Mark Dayton in 2014; the deputy commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Revenue from 2011 to 2014; the lead fiscal analyst for the Minnesota State Senate from 2005 to 2011; a state and local tax policy director for the Minnesota Department of Revenue from 2004 to 2005; a fiscal analyst for the House Committee on Taxes in the Minnesota House of Representatives from 1999 to 2004; and a senior analyst and project supervisor for the Wisconsin Legislative Audit Bureau from 1992 to 1999. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Hamline University (MN) and a master’s from the University of Wisconsin.


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Jen Schultz is a full professor in the Department of Economics and serves as a director at the University of Minnesota Duluth. She is serving in her third term in the Minnesota House of Representatives as a state legislator (District 7A). Previously, she worked at United Health Group as a senior research analyst from 2002 to 2004, and Cornell University (NY) as an assistant professor from 2000 to 2002. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin, a master’s from Washington State University, and a doctorate from the University of Minnesota.


The Board of Trustees of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities is expected to act on Chancellor Devinder Malhotra’s recommendation of a final candidate at its May 22 meeting. The anticipated start date of the new vice chancellor is July 1, 2019.


About Minnesota State

Minnesota State includes 30 community and technical colleges and seven state universities serving approximately 375,000 students. It is the fourth-largest system of two-year colleges and four-year universities in the United States.