Finance Division Management Team

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William Maki

Vice Chancellor for Finance and Facilities


William “Bill” Maki was appointed Vice Chancellor of Finance and Facilities in March, 2020 after serving as the Interim Vice Chancellor since May 2019. Prior to this appointment, Bill served as President of the Northeast Higher Education District (NHED) from 2015. The Northeast Higher Education District includes the five two-year colleges in Northeast Minnesota: Hibbing Community College, Itasca Community College, Mesabi Range College, Rainy River Community College and Vermilion Community College.

Bill previously served as the Vice President of Finance and Administration at Bemidji State University and Northwest Technical College from 2004 to 2015. He started his career in higher education administration in northeastern Minnesota where from 1995 to 2004 he served at NHED as the chief financial and facilities officer, and at Itasca Community College as dean of student and administrative services, director of finance and facilities, and business manager/business officer.

He holds an associate degree from Vermilion Community College, and a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Minnesota Duluth. He also attended the Harvard Graduate School Institute for Educational Management in 2012 and also holds an inactive CPA license.


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 master's degree 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 alumna 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 an MBA in 2006.

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Steve Ernest

System Director, Financial Planning and Analysis


Steve Ernest has served as System Director for Financial Planning and Analysis since joining Minnesota State in September of 2018. His 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 Minnesota State, Steve served for fourteen years as Chief Financial Officer for the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. He has also served as a non-partisan Legislative Fiscal Analyst for the Minnesota Senate.

Steve is a Minnesota State alumnus, with BA and MBA degrees from St. Cloud State University. He also has an MA in International Communication from American University in Washington, DC.

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System Director, Tax and Financial Services


Steve joined the Minnesota State team in 2002. He has oversight responsibilities for tax planning, training and compliance. Tax Services partners with campuses to ensure tax compliance with student payroll, nonresident alien taxation, year-end tax reporting, sales tax, and unrelated business income tax reporting. Tax Services collaborates with campuses to address any tax issues, notices or audits. For six years Steve volunteered to lead the Collaborative Sourcing Team which created several internal and external procurement strategic partners which resulted in creating innovative efficiencies and cost savings in the procurement area.

Before joining Minnesota State, Steve worked for Deloitte in the public accounting sector and as a Senior Tax Specialist at Supervalu, Inc. Steve currently serves as a Board Member of the St. Louis Park Dollars for Scholars and on the Financial Advisory Committee of St. Louis Park Schools.

Steve has a BS in Accounting from the University of South Dakota, a Masters of Business Taxation from the University of Minnesota, and an MBA from the University of St. Thomas.

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Chief Procurement Officer


Michael joined the Minnesota State College and University system office as Interim Chief Procurement Officer in Fall 2014, and was appointed permanently in Spring 2017. His team oversees the purchasing and contracting process for all of the colleges and universities. Previously he was Purchasing Manager at Minneapolis Community and Technical College for 12 years.

Prior to joining Minnesota State, Michael held positions at the Minnesota Department of Administration and at the Minnesota Department of Human Services.

He attended the University of Minnesota and also took classes at Metropolitan State University.