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EVP-COO Area News  |  June 2015
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O'Neil Hall

The move is complete!

Thanks to the hard work of our Facilities Management team, staff have moved to new spaces in the renovated and newly-named O'Neil Hall (a.k.a. the Rugby Road Office Building). The Board of Visitors approved the naming of the building in honor of Robert M. (Bob) O'Neil, who served as the sixth President of the University from 1985 to 1990 and is both a Professor of Law Emeritus and a University Professor Emeritus. Facilities Management staff oversaw all aspects of the renovation and furnishing of the building, dealing with challenges of renovating a building that is nearing a century old while maintaining its character. Originally conceived as a clubhouse for visiting student athletes, construction began in 1915 and was halted during World War I. In 1922, the abandoned foundation was used as the substructure to support a faculty apartment building that remained in use for more than 80 years. Prior to this summer, most of the building had been unoccupied since 2003. The University was able to relocate administrative offices from other locations and bring several groups together under one roof by restoring this unused asset. Because several administrative offices moved from Madison Hall to O'Neil Hall, space became available in Madison Hall for administrators who moved out of the Rotunda. Space that was used for administrative offices prior to the Rotunda renovation will become additional student programming space when construction there is complete. Additionally, conference rooms on the lower level of O'Neil Hall will be available to student groups outside of normal business hours. These restorations and office relocations result in an increase in space available to students in two locations.

Special thanks to Mark Stanis, James Zehmer, Steve Ratliff, and Joanne Im for the care they took throughout the O'Neil Hall renovation and for their work to meet the needs of the building's new occupants.

Offices housed in the building include:
  • Office of the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer (1st floor)
  • Office of the Vice President for Management and Budget (1st floor)
  • Office of the Associate Vice President for Finance (1st floor)
  • Strategic Initiatives (1st floor)
  • Assistant Vice President for Compliance and Enterprise Risk Management (2nd floor)
  • Assistant Vice President for Clery Compliance (2nd floor)
  • Organizational Excellence (2nd floor)
  • Policy Manager (2nd floor)
  • Institutional Assessment and Studies (2nd floor)
  • University Budget Office (3rd floor)
  • Treasury Management (3rd floor)
  • Facilities Management Arts Precinct Offices (lower level)
Stay tuned for information about an open house after building occupants are settled in!

Minority Students and Higher Education Panel

Scott Miller represents UVa Student Financial Services on C-SPAN

Check out Director of Financial Aid Scott Miller representing the University along with Dean of the Office of African American Affairs Maurice Apprey during this U.S. Commission on Civil Rights panel on minority students and higher education on May 29. The panel aired on C-SPAN and was part of the Commission's briefing on the "Effect of College Access, Persistence and Completion Rates on the Socio-Economic Mobility of Minorities."

Well done, Scott!

Honors and Awards

EVP-COO Area Staff Excellence

This spring, several members of the EVP-COO extended team have been recognized for their contributions to their professions and to the University.

Sarah Collie, Assistant Vice President for Organizational Excellence, was named a 2015 Leader for Change by NCCI, the Network for Change and Continuous Innovation. She is one of only two honorees selected from across the country to receive this prestigious award. Sarah will be recognized at the NCCI Annual Conference in Nashville next month.

Larry Kochard, Chief Executive Officer/ Chief Investment Officer of UVIMCO, has been selected to receive the 2015 NACUBO Rodney H. Adams Award for Endowment Investment Management. He will be presented with the award at the NACUBO Annual Meeting, also in Nashville, next month. 

Darrell Kozuch, Assistant Vice President for Human Resources, received the American Payroll Association's 2015 Meritorious Service Award in May. The American Payroll Association is the nation's leading professional association for payroll professionals.

Bucky Crickenberger, a lead electrician in Facilities Management, was presented with two awards in May in recognition of his hard work and dedication both to the Commonwealth and to the University. He received the Governor's Award for Public Service on May 12 and a Leonard W. Sandridge Outstanding Contribution Award on May 19.

Sarah Doran, chief of staff and director of School and Departmental Relations in Student Financial Services, also received a Leonard W. Sandridge Outstanding Contribution Award last month. 

Congratulations to our colleagues on their well-deserved recognition!  Please pass along news of other honors and awards to so that we can share it.

New Team Members

Welcome Gabe Gates and Jane Beckert

On July 1, Gabe Gates will join the University as our new Assistant Vice President for Clery Compliance. Gabe is coming to us from Penn State, where he has coordinated the compliance efforts for all 23 Penn State campuses for three years. Gabe also has worked as a consultant with other institutions, specifically related to compliance with the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. He has already provided us with good counsel and has met with a number of representatives from across the Grounds this spring. Gabe will work closely with colleagues from across the University, particularly the University Police Department, Student Affairs, Athletics, the Office of the General Counsel, and the Assistant Vice President for Compliance and Enterprise Risk Management. Gabe's hire is one more step in our comprehensive planning around safety and compliance. His office is located on the second floor of O'Neil Hall, near Gary Nimax. Please stop by to introduce yourself this summer.

Jane Beckert will soon join Internal Audit as Office Manager. Jane comes to Internal Audit from the School of Nursing. She also has worked in the Department of Neuroscience, the McIntire School of Commerce, and the Department of Plastic Surgery. She is an experienced and polished office manager and the Internal Audit team looks forward to having her on board.

Spotlight on Excellence

Organizational Excellence has launched the Spotlight on Excellence program to recognize individuals who exhibit the principles of OE in their daily work and contribute to an overall institutional culture of quality. Criteria are:
  • Leads Improvement: innovate/ streamline a process, simplify work, increase the value of processes or services
  • Delivers High-Quality Customer Service: provide consistently exceptional service, deliver above and beyond customer service to "help get the monkey off my shoulders"
  • Establishes Productive Partnerships: collaborate with other areas and units across the University, share knowledge and solutions, create new and innovative networks to engage around Grounds
We all know someone who would be a great candidate for this recognition. Take a few minutes to nominate someone today.

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