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EVP-COO Area News  |  November 2015
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Leadership Changes | OE Project Alliance Showcase | Employee Profile |
University Holiday Schedule
| Carr's Hill Holiday Open House | University Bookstore and Cavalier Computers Sales and Offers | Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign | Financial Fitness Check-Up | Electronic W-2 Forms

Message from EVP-COO Pat Hogan
Leadership Changes

I am excited to share some changes within my management team effective November 16. As you know, all of us in Operations are committed to providing high quality, efficient services in support of the University’s academic and healthcare missions. These leadership changes are an important step in our journey of continuous improvement and support the objectives of the Cornerstone Plan.

Colette Sheehy is being promoted from Vice President for Management and Budget to Senior Vice President for Operations.

Colette has a long, rich history with the University and has done a stellar job managing a remarkably diverse portfolio. Her focus going forward will be on state government relations, capital planning, facilities, and business operations. In order to achieve our strategic objectives, both at the institutional and school/unit level, we need to carefully plan our physical environment not only for our needs today, but for those in the future as well. Colette has tremendous knowledge of higher education and a proven record of success. Throughout her career, she has worked on initiatives significant to the University’s future and to the future of higher education in Virginia. Colette was one of the architects of the Higher Education Restructuring and Administrative Operations Act of 2005, creating a new relationship between the Commonwealth and its public institutions and providing UVA with greater autonomy in important areas of operations. Colleagues from across the state often call upon Colette to share her deep understanding of matters that vary from building design, construction, and renovation to sustaining important relationships with elected officials and the role of state funding as a critical component of an institutional budget. To allow Colette to devote additional time to these important aspects of the University’s operations, oversight of the University Budget Office and Procurement and Supplier Diversity Services is moving to Melody Bianchetto’s portfolio.

Melody Bianchetto is being promoted from Associate Vice President for Finance to Vice President for Finance for the University.

Melody is currently responsible for the Comptroller’s Office, Student Financial Services, Office of Sponsored Programs, and Finance Outreach and Compliance; she is the sponsor of the Managerial Reporting Project. She will assume responsibility for other key financial activities at the University, the University Budget Office, and Procurement and Supplier Diversity Services. Consolidating these financial activities under Melody’s leadership will enable her to provide collaborative and coordinated financial support and service to key stakeholders, including creating the necessary financial systems and tools to enhance analytical and reporting capabilities. Additionally, Melody will ensure that our finance employees develop the analytical and technical skills necessary for excellence in a constantly changing environment.  In her new role, Melody will be a member of the President’s Cabinet.

Assistant Vice President for Compliance Gary Nimax will focus his complete attention on the critical work of leading and coordinating University-wide compliance efforts in an environment of increasingly complex federal and state regulations.

Gary will continue to bring together compliance officers from all parts of the University and ensure that the University is adhering to all applicable regulations. During the last two years, Gary took a fledgling Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) program and advanced it by identifying nine institutional risk categories, gaining Board approval for this structure, and developing mitigation strategies and key metrics for each category.

Associate Vice President and Treasurer Jim Matteo will now take on management responsibilities for the University-wide ERM function, partnering with Chief Audit Executive Carolyn Saint. Under their leadership, we will extend ERM to include risks related to financial capital and our health system. The new structure will allow for a deeper and more strategic University-wide approach to ERM under the leadership of Jim and Carolyn. Jim also will assume responsibility for the Property and Liability Risk Management department.


In summary, I am confident that these leadership changes will enable our operations to attain new heights through a combination of skilled leadership and innovative thinking. We look forward to ongoing collaboration and partnerships with you and with faculty and staff members across the University.

Mark Your Calendar!
OE Project Alliance Showcase: December 3

Come to the Organizational Excellence (OE) Project Alliance Showcase on December 3 from 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. at the John Paul Jones Arena. This is a great chance to learn more and ask questions about OE initiatives, network with project leaders, and provide feedback. Projects and initiatives that will be represented include the HR Strategic Design Initiative, Research UVA, Travel & Expense Management, IT projects, Gift Processing, Managerial Reporting Project, Center for Leadership Excellence, Strategic Sourcing, and the Cornerstone Strategic Plan. A special guest from the UVA Men's Basketball Coaching staff will be there! For more information, see the OE site.

OE continues to accept nominations for its Spotlight on Excellence award.  Nominate one of your colleagues today!

Employee Profile
Tamara Fleming, Director of the Center for Leadership Excellence

Tamara has more than 20 years of experience in Human Resources Development (HRD), working in both higher education and the private sector. She has a Bachelor’s degree in English, a Master’s degree in Linguistics, and a doctorate in Human and Organizational Learning. In addition to her work directing the Center for Leadership Excellence, Tamara is a team leader for the HR Strategic Design Initiative.

What brought you to U.Va. and how long have you worked here? Believe it or not, retirement and the excellent public schools for my son brought me to Western Albemarle county about nine years ago.  Shortly after relocating, I discovered a great opportunity at UVA and re-entered the workforce - - - very happy to have done so!  I’ve been with the University nearly eight years.

What was your very first job ever?  I worked at a kennel, aptly named the “Pet O’tel”, walking dogs and cleaning up after them.  I am grateful for the early training as I still perform those duties at home on a daily basis! 

In no more than two sentences, tell us a little about what you do in your job.  I help my team provide learning and development opportunities that support the University in achieving its mission, and feel fortunate to do so.

What is your favorite thing to do in the area?  Anything outdoors, especially gardening.  I also quite enjoy searching for triple-beaded Hoosier jars in the region’s many antique shops.

What is your favorite Charlottesville area restaurant? I’m a simple person – and since I’m a Crozetian, it would have to be Fardowner’s or Crozet Pizza!

What is something you have always wanted to learn how to do? Play the stand-up bass.  What a totally cool instrument…
Who do you want to learn more about in the EVP-COO Area? Send a note to to nominate someone for a future Employee Profile.

University Holiday Schedule

Check out the HR site for complete information about the University's holiday schedule through 2016. University holidays for the remainder of 2015 are November 25-27, December 23-25, and December 31. Enjoy your time off!
You're Invited!

UVA Bookstore & Cavalier Computers Offers

As you think about your holiday shopping, take advantage of these special offers just for UVA employees.
  • Save 10% every day no regularly priced books in the UVA Bookstore's General Book Department
  • Save 20% on all purchases at the UVA Bookstore between December 4 and December 13
  • Shop at Cavalier Computers After Thanksgiving Sale from Monday, November 30 - Friday, December 4. Enjoy savings of up to $100 on select products.
  • Use the payroll deduction program to pay for your Cavalier Computers purchases interest-free over twelve months!
UVA employees also receive discounts at many other local businesses. Check out the book you received a few weeks ago or visit the online directory of vendors participating in the Total Rewards Discount Program. This is a great way to save this holiday season!

Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign                

Have you turned in your red envelope or made your CVC commitment online yet? Visit the CVC site to decide which of the 1,200 or so local and national participating charities are most meaningful to you and direct your support to them. To have the greatest impact, be sure to designate your gift!

Financial Fitness Checkup               

Hoo's Well is ready to help you take control of your financial future! Complete the Financial Fitness Checkup and be entered to win a $500 contribution to your tax-deferred savings program -- a great addition to your own retirement security. It's quick and confidential. Your survey responses are private and will not be shared, sold, or rented. Use your checkup results to make small financial changes that add up to big savings!

Electronic W-2 Forms              

Get your 2016 W-2 sooner!  Online W-2s are...
  • Available sooner than paper W-2s
  • Better for the environment - less paper
  • Safe, secure, and approved by the IRS
It's easy to choose the online version, but UVA needs your help. The IRS requires you to opt out of getting a paper W-2. If you don't "say no" to the paper version, the University is required to keep sending it to you. For instructions on how to opt out, please visit the HR site

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