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UVA EVP-COO Area News | July 2016
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Safety is Everyone's Job 


Safety is a top priority for all of us at the University. During the last few years, we have invested in lighting, crosswalks, and other physical improvements as well as programs and personnel to enhance the safety of students, faculty, staff, and visitors to the Grounds.

The Office of Safety and Emergency Preparedness recently partnered with colleagues in the University Police Department, Parking & Transportation, Environmental Health and Safety, Student Affairs, and others on the Grounds to create a Student Safety Guide that is packed with useful information. Hard copies of the booklet will be distributed to all new students in late August. The same information is included in the Parent Handbook given to parents of new students and posted online. Returning students and their parents will receive the link to the online Student Safety Guide via email at the beginning of the semester.

Take a look at the Student Safety Guide online and familiarize yourself with the many safety resources available to the University community. Additional information about preparedness for faculty and staff is available on the OSEP site here.

Mark your calendar to replenish your personal emergency supplies during the weekend of August 5-7 during the state-wide Sales Tax Holiday. See the OSEP site for more information.

New Faces and New Roles      

Kelley Stuck (pictured above left) will join the University as Vice President and Chief Human Resources officer on September 6. Ms. Stuck will be the lead HR executive for the entire University, including the Academic Division, the Medical Center, and the University Physicians Group. She is joining the University at a pivotal time in the Ufirst initiative, which is focused on creating a customer-centric HR function across the entire University. Read more

Sean Jackson (pictured above center) has been named Ufirst Project Executive Director as of August 8. He currently serves as Chief Information Officer for the School of Medicine and the University Physicians Group. Sean has more than 20 years of experience leading technology operations in complex non-profit and higher education organizations. In his new role, he will lead the implementation phase of the HR transformation project. Read more about Ufirst

Tonia Cable (pictured above right) recently joined the Office of Sponsored Programs as a grants administrator. Prior to joining UVA, she worked as a grants and contract administrator in the Carolinas HealthCare System. Read more 



As mentioned in the May edition of EVP-COO Area News, UVA was selected to receive the APPA 2016 Sustainability Award in recognition of the University's achievements in integrating sustainable policies and "green" practices and embedding them within our institutional framework. The award was presented at the APPA national conference in Nashville this month. Congratulations to our colleagues in Facilities Management's Office for Sustainability on this important recognition.  Read more about the award in UVA Today and check out this article on the APPA site about UVA's Delta Force, identified by APPA as a Best Practice in Sustainability.   

Employee Profile
Lee Baszczewski,
Director of Organizational Excellence


If you're ever looking for someone to offer helpful guidance on a project, look no further than Lee Baszczewski and her colleagues in Organizational Excellence. Always quick with a smile and words of encouragement, Lee is an excellent partner to staff and faculty across the Grounds. Earlier this month, she was appointed to a three-year term on the Board of Directors for NCCI, the Network for Change and Continuous Innovation, at the group's annual conference in Montreal. Lee graciously agreed to be profiled in this month's EVP-COO Area News and offered the following response to our questions.
"I came to Charlottesville from California five years ago to help take care of my aging parents.  Unfortunately, my two adult sons said to me at the time, “you can go to Virginia, Mom, but we aren’t going with you!”  Being very close to my sons and grandkids, this has been a hard transition in some ways. However, I now have the opportunity to enjoy time with my 93-year-old mother and my two sisters who are close by. 
I am a graduate of the University, and fondly remember that time when there were very few women, plenty of peace marches, and Easters weekend was the highlight of spring. Therefore, it was a great joy for me to come back to the Grounds and work under Sarah Collie in Process Simplification. Within two years, we were creating the Office of Organizational Excellence, under Pat Hogan, where our focus is to lead, facilitate, and consult on excellence and quality improvement to support the University’s mission. Truly rewarding work for our small yet incredibly experienced team.
Away from work, my husband and I love the peacefulness of our deck overlooking Lake Monticello in the house that my dad built. I love to get out into nature and kayak, hike and birdwatch. The Blue Ridge Mountains have always held a special place in my heart and it is a delight to be able to see them every day."

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.



Earlier this month 15 UVA employees headed to Montreal for the annual conference of NCCI, the Network for Change and Continuous Innovation. Our team members were there to learn and to share information with other change leaders in higher education. UVA participated in presenting sessions on six topics:
  1. ResearchUVA
  2. Connecting Departments to University Expenditures using a Spend Dashboard
  3. Learning from the Inside and the Outside – Administrative Unit Review
  4. Successful Continuous Improvement using IT Automation
  5. Coaching Leadership: A necessary skill for leading change
  6. Building Partnerships with a Vendor Scorecard Process
For more information about their presentations, visit the NCCI Conference website.

Earn $500 with Hoo's Well   


Hoo's Well is rewarding you for investing in your wellbeing! To support a healthy lifestyle and encourage you (and spouses covered on the UVA Health Plan) to be fit, complete three steps by Oct. 28, 2016 and earn your reward.

Step 1: Complete a Biometric Screening = $200
Step 2: Complete an online health assessment = $100
Step 3: Complete a Fitness Challenge = $200

For more information, visit the Hoo's Well website.

Payroll Team to Join UVAFinance       

Under the umbrella of Organizational Excellence, University Human Resources (UHR) and UVAFinance have begun parallel paths towards improving how we do work at the University. UHR, through Ufirst, is creating an aligned HR function across the entire organization, taking a customer-focused approach on making the employment experience at UVA an exceptional one. UVAFinance is seeking to become the valued and trusted financial partner that the University community turns to first.
While considering how best to meet these objectives, UHR and UVAFinance leadership decided to move the Academic Division’s payroll team to the UVAFinance organization, reporting directly to the Assistant Vice President and University Controller. The payroll function will remain engaged with UHR and all stakeholders. The current alignment of payroll and finance functions in the Medical Center and UPG makes this move an appropriate fit as we move forward with Ufirst.
The payroll team's transition to UVAFinance will take place in late summer/ early fall, coordinated with the anticipated completion of the current search for a new Assistant Vice President and Controller.

APPalachian Prosperity Project


Check out the new website for the APPalachian Prosperity Project, a collaborative partnership among the University of Virginia, UVA's College at Wise, the Coalfield region, the private sector, and the state to advance education, health, and economic prosperity in Southwest Virginia. UVA's Assistant Vice President for Strategic Initiatives Pace Lochte is a member of the project's leadership team. Read the News section of the site to learn more about UVA's involvement in this important work.

Spotlight on Excellence 


Bravo! Well done! Excellent job! Have you heard these words lately? Who doesn't want to be complimented when they do an excellent job and really make a difference? Did you know there is also a way to formally recognize excellence at UVA?
The Spotlight on Excellence program is run out of the Office of Organizational Excellence and is open to everyone at UVA – all colleagues and students. Every 4-6 weeks, the program recognizes individuals and teams who contribute to a culture of excellence at UVA in the areas of process improvement, customer service, innovation, and collaborative partnerships.

Nominations may be made via online submission on the OE website. Recipients are honored in a number of ways: letter of appreciation copied to their manager, a framed certificate, a recognition gift, an article in the monthly OE newsletter and on the OE website, and an opportunity to showcase their work. Read more

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