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EVP-COO Area News  |  December 2015
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EVP-COO Message | OE Alliance Showcase | Funding Academic Excellence | The Engines | Employee Profile | New Team Member | UVA Brand | 2014-15 Financial Report | Rotunda Renovation | Growing Grounds | Center for Leadership Excellence

Message from EVP-COO Pat Hogan
Happy Holidays!

Thank you for everything you have done to advance the University this year. Through major projects including the development of the Affordable Excellence model and the multi-year financial plan, the implementation of the University Financial Model and new safety programs, along with work on a variety of Organizational Excellence initiatives, our team has made great progress during the last twelve months. At the same time, we have continued to provide excellent service to a broad variety of stakeholders through our regular operations. We have exciting work ahead of us. I look forward to serving the University along with you in 2016.

Sharon and I send our warmest wishes to you and your family for the holiday season and the New Year!

Organizational Excellence Alliance Showcase

On December 3, 150 University staff and faculty members came together to learn about Organizational Excellence projects at the OE Project Alliance Showcase. This first-of-its-kind event—produced by the Office of Organizational Excellence—featured table presentations by HR’s Ufirst team, the Managerial Reporting Project, Procurement, IT initiatives, and much more.
Brad Soderberg, Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach, gave a keynote address about creating a culture of excellence. The full session posters and materials will be available on the OE site in January. Future “pop-up” style versions of this event are being planned for 2016. Stay tuned for more information.

Funding Academic Excellence
University Finances 101

If you haven't seen it yet, the cover story of the winter issue of the UVA Magazine provides a nice overview of the University's finances and how we are funding academic excellence. Several members of the EVP-COO extended team worked closely with Alumni Association staff on the development of the article. It's a quick and interesting read. You can find it online at

The Engines
The People and the Transit System

The UVA Magazine also wrote about four employees, each of whom plays a role in keeping things running at the University. Among those profiled are two staff members from the EVP-COO Area, Becca White ("The Driver') and Bucky Crickenberger ("Mr. UVA"). Read more about their UVA experiences at Becca is the director of UVA Parking & Transportation and Bucky is a high-voltage electrician in Facilities Management.

In the November e-newsletter, the UVA Magazine provided a by-the-numbers look at what it takes to keep the University Transit Services fleet running along with an article about ways of getting around the Grounds since the late 1800s.

Employee Profile
Les Haughton, Director of Supplier Diversity

A native of New York, Les worked in the corporate retail world for 28 years. In 2003, he retired as Vice President Divisional Merchandise Manager from Target Stores in Minneapolis where he was responsible for $4.5 billion in annual sales in cosmetics, health and beauty, household chemicals, baby toiletries, and diapers. Following his retirement from Target, Les started the Business Leadership Group focused on developing corporate diversity initiatives and minority and women-owned businesses. For three years, he authored a monthly column called "The Diversity Coach" in the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Les and his wife, Evelyn, now live in Charlottesville.

What brought you to UVA and how long have you worked here? I moved my diversity consulting business to Charlottesville ten years ago to be closer to eight of our fourteen grandkids. I've worked here at UVA as the Director of Supplier Diversity for four years. I joined UVA because the travel demands on me for my business travel were backbreaking. For six years, I was traveling two weeks of every month.

What was your very first job ever?  My first job was delivering newspapers in my Yonkers, New York neighborhood. The people who are still around in the neighborhood insist that I was the best paperboy they ever had!

In no more than two sentences, tell us a little about what you do in your job.  I help state certified Small, Woman-owned, and Minority-owned businesses position themselves to do business with UVA. Additionally, I work with eight other Virginia state universities to develop supplier diversity best practices in the procurement field.

What is your favorite thing to do in the area?  My favorite thing that we do in the Charlottesville area is visiting wineries. We were pleasantly surprised with the number of high caliber wineries in the area.

What is your favorite Charlottesville area restaurant? Without a doubt, Mas is our favorite restaurant.

What is something you have always wanted to learn how to do? I've always wanted to learn how to play the piano. I'm a big jazz fan and the piano is my favorite instrument.
Who do you want to learn more about in the EVP-COO Area? Send a note to to nominate someone for next month's Employee Profile.

Welcome Leah Hicks

The Office of the Senior Vice President for Operations is pleased to announce the addition of Leah Hicks as the Assistant to the Senior Vice President effective December 21. Leah brings over a decade of experience in higher education, most recently serving in the International Studies Office at UVA for the last four years. Leah earned a Bachelor’s degree from Tulane University and a Master of Public Administration from Georgia College and State University. Please join us in welcoming Leah to the team!

UVA Brand Guidelines

In late October, University Communications released version 1.0 of the University's Brand Guidelines. If you are creating presentations or other materials for your team, be sure to visit to register for an account that will enable you to download University logos, photographs, and other digital assets and to review the brand guidelines.

2014-15 Financial Report

Fiscal year 2014-15 represented another year of strong performance for the University. Through the careful stewardship of our resources over many years, UVA is widely known for its unique combination of academic excellence and financial strength.Read more about this in the 2014-15 Financial Report, now available online.

Faces of the Rotunda Renovation

Behind the Rotunda's construction fence, highly specialized craftspeople from UVA and beyond have been hard at work on this one-of-a-kind restoration project. Read more about some of these people and their unique talents in this recent UVA Today story. Learn more about the work underway on the Restoration of the Rotunda site and check in on the live webcam every now and again to see the progress.

Don't forget to visit the Lawn at night during the next few weeks to take in the beautiful holiday lights. Our Facilities Management team and their partners have worked hard to maintain the tradition of the Lighting of the Lawn while the Rotunda is being restored. Thanks to the team for their dedication to making this student-centered tradition possible!

Growing Grounds

Check out UVA Magazine's infographic that depicts the size and age some of the University's older and newer facilities. For a look at how the Grounds have changed over time and to learn about long-term plans for real estate, take a look at the Buildings and Grounds committee materials from the September and November meetings of the Board of Visitors.

Center for Leadership Excellence Classes

Visit the Center for Leadership Excellence site to review their list of class offerings for the new year. There is something for everyone looking to develop their leadership skills! While you are there, subscribe to their e-newsletter so you can keep up with all the Center has to offer.

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