Messages From the Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

Teamwork

What to expect for fall

June 14, 2021

Dear FAS colleagues,

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Thank you for persevering during the more than 14 months since the COVID-19 pandemic began affecting how FAS and the university do business. You have continued to exemplify our Core Values in how you perform your work, whether on campus, remotely or a hybrid combination of both.


Protect Texas Together

COVID-19 guidance for FAS staff

June 11, 2021

Dear FAS colleagues,

Thank you for your extraordinary commitment to health and safety in the months since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Together you have contributed to the decline of COVID-19 cases on our campus by wearing masks, social distancing, and keeping hands and workspaces clean.

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Appointments: Melissa Loe, Interim Chief of Staff; Kerri Battles, Interim Director of Communications

June 3, 2021

Dear FAS colleagues,

Melissa Loe will be Interim Chief of Staff effective June 14 following the upcoming departure of Tara Trower. Melissa has gained a deep knowledge of our diverse portfolio and our complex university since joining FAS in January 2019 as Director of Communications. She will continue to be a key contributor toward advancing our strategic initiatives while further supporting FAS in this role.


Tara Trower

Tara Trower departing as Chief of Staff

May 19, 2021

Dear FAS colleagues,

Please join me in congratulating Chief of Staff Tara Trower on her acceptance of a job opportunity in the local Austin area. Her last day with the university will be Thursday, June 10.


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IQ organizationally joining ITS

April 10, 2021

Dear FAS colleagues,

As part of our ongoing efforts to further operationalize the FAS core values of stewardship, teamwork and service, I am writing to share that Information Quest (IQ) is organizationally joining Information Technology Services (ITS) effective today. Director David Pavkovic will report to Assistant Vice President Trice Humpert.


Diversity

Having productive conversations around diversity and difference

March 10, 2021

Dear FAS colleagues,

In yesterday’s message to the campus community, President Hartzell formally released The Eyes of Texas History Committee Report. Within our university, the state and the nation, we are grappling with issues of diversity and difference in relation to history. Conversations around diversity and difference can be complex. They require emotional resilience, skill and will. However, they can also create bridges for understanding and healing.

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Acting Chief of Police Don Verett

Acting Chief of Police Don Verett

March 8, 2021

Dear FAS colleagues,

Effective today, Don Verett has been named Acting Chief of Police at The University of Texas at Austin Police Department (UTPD). In his nearly 30 year history with the university, Chief Verett has commanded all divisions in UTPD, most recently as Assistant Chief of Police and Chief of Operations. He holds a Master Peace Officer certification, and is a graduate of Texas State University, UT Austin, and the 247th session of the FBI National Academy.


Teamwork

Moving forward after the inclement weather

February 23, 2021

Dear FAS colleagues,

As President Jay Hartzell mentioned in his email this afternoon, our campus will reopen tomorrow, largely due to the tremendous efforts of FAS employees.

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Stay safe and check on others during historic winter storm

February 16, 2021

Dear FAS Colleagues,

I want to take a moment to thank each of you for doing your part to support our campus and community during the extraordinary weather event we are experiencing and its unexpected consequences. Many of you are without power and other utilities, which is a tremendous strain on you and your family. Our thoughts are with you throughout this time.


FAS Diversity

Members appointed to FAS Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee

February 11, 2021

Dear FAS Colleagues,

In my June 19, 2020 email to FAS, I shared plans to form a committee of staff from across our portfolio to advise me and our senior leadership team on strategies to help build a culture of inclusion, equity and diversity. On December 11, I reached out again, this time to encourage staff members to apply to participate in the new Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Committee.

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