The Board of Directors for the Authority provides overall direction to guide the staff in their activity of fulfilling the Authority’s mission. The Authority operates with a staff of two full-time people. The Authority also engages third party professionals to assist with various operational aspects of the organization.
The administration and overall operation of the Authority is the responsibility of its Executive Director, Barry W. Fick. Mr. Fick has been the Executive Director of the Authority since July 13, 2016. Mr. Fick has a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the University of Minnesota and a Juris Doctorate from Mitchell | Hamline School of Law. He is also a Certified Public Accountant (inactive). Prior to becoming Executive Director of the Authority, Mr. Fick served for 28 years as an executive at Springsted Incorporated, Public Sector Advisors, now known as Baker Tilly Municipal Advisors, LLC.
Mr. Fick also serves national organizations in the following capacities:
- National Association of Health and Educational Facilities Finance Authorities (“NAHEFFA”), Board Member and Advocacy Committee Member
- Government Finance Officers Association (“GFOA”), Debt Management Committee Member
- Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (“MSRB”), Compliance Advisory Group Member
The daily operations and financial accounting and reporting for the Authority are the responsibility of its Operations Manager, Amanda G. Lee. Ms. Lee has been the Operations Manager of the Authority since January 2017. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from the University of St. Thomas, a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Finance from Argosy University, and an Associate of Science degree in Information Technology from Argosy University. Before joining the Authority, Ms. Lee managed federal, corporate, and institutional grant funds at HealthPartners Institute as a Grant Management Accountant. Prior to her work at HealthPartners Institute, Ms. Lee assisted students for ten years at Argosy University Twin Cities as the Senior Admissions Coordinator.
The Authority receives no state appropriations or tax support, but utilizes state resources as necessary from partners including:
Minnesota Attorney General’s Office
- General Legal Services
Minnesota Management and Budget
- Human Resources
- Payroll Processing Support
As shown on the Finance Team Partners page, the Authority also works with a number of other partners on a transactional basis.
The Minnesota Higher Education Facilities Authority does not have any open staff positions at this time.
Open seats on the Minnesota Higher Education Facilities Authority Board are posted and processed through the State of Minnesota’s Open Appointment System.
The MN Higher Education Facilities Authority is an equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.