Dear FAS colleagues,
I am pleased to announce Krista Hadavi as the new Program Director in the Office of the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. As Program Director, Krista will lend her considerable talents to helping advance the vision and goals of FAS through the planning, tracking, and facilitation of important strategic initiatives. Krista will begin transitioning to her new role on July 1, 2022.
As part of her new role, Krista will focus on identifying areas for operational growth and improvement, particularly in areas where we can improve our performance and service to campus in pursuit of operational excellence. To that end, Krista will work with FAS leadership on change management, stakeholder engagement, and communications planning needed to realize the potential of projects with strategic importance.
With the launch of the university’s 10-year strategic plan, Change Starts Here, FAS will be embarking on a portfolio-level strategic planning effort over the course of the coming months. Krista’s experience shepherding complex but highly successful projects from the research phase through implementation will be instrumental in assisting FAS leadership with this important, forward-facing work that will involve input and feedback from FAS employees at all levels.
“I am looking forward to working with our FAS leadership on identifying and prioritizing projects that will support both the vision of the UT strategic plan as well as our FAS portfolio strategic planning,” said Krista. “I have greatly appreciated the time I have spent with Payroll Services and I want to thank my team for their support as I transition to this new role.”
As Director of Payroll Services, Krista provided exemplary leadership to her department while forging and maintaining excellent relationships with stakeholders and constituents across campus. Krista provided project oversight of major system implementations and Payroll-focused projects and spearheaded the major shift in work modality that Payroll Services underwent during the COVID-19 pandemic to continue supporting payroll operations.
Previously, Krista served as the Payroll Lead on the multi-year project to implement Workday as the university’s human resources and payroll system where she engaged business leaders and users across campus to ensure the university was ready to go live with Workday and that payroll, an essential function of any organization, would run smoothly in the new system. She also held the roles of Associate and Assistant Director in Payroll Services along with financial analyst roles. Krista was also previously a Financial Auditor for the Arizona Office of the Auditor General. Krista is a licensed Certified Public Accountant and has a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy from Arizona State University.
Please join me in welcoming Krista to her new role.
Darrell Bazzell (he/him/his)
Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
The University of Texas at Austin