Brian Steeves serves as executive director of the Board of Regents and corporate secretary of the University of Minnesota. This dual role is a unique leadership position of significant importance to the Board. Since the position was created in 1972, it has evolved to become a key adviser to each Board member, as well as to Board leadership, and also an advocate for good governance practices. The position serves as a liaison between the Board and senior leaders of the University, coordinates Board planning and communications with Regents, oversees Board of Regents policy review, and manages meeting logistics and day-to-day Board operations.
Before assuming this position, Brian served as deputy director in the Office of the Board of Regents for two years. Prior to joining the University, Brian spent seven years as an executive budget officer/team leader at Minnesota Management and Budget, where he managed a team of analysts and confidentially advised senior state government leaders on budget policy related to K-12 education, taxes, and state government operations. Before that, he served as a project coordinator for the City of Minneapolis, where he negotiated real estate redevelopment and financing arrangements and guided projects through regulatory approvals. Brian also completed a rural policy fellowship at the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C. before earning a master's degree from the University's Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs. He was awarded the prestigious Truman Scholarship and graduated summa cum laude from Minnesota State University Moorhead with a bachelor's degree in political science.