Dear FAS colleagues,
I am pleased to announce that Melissa Loe has been appointed to Chief of Staff for the Financial and Administrative Services portfolio effective Jan. 1, 2022. Most recently, Melissa served as Interim Chief of Staff since June 14, 2021.
As Chief of Staff, Melissa will lead the planning and management of portfolio-level initiatives and administrative operations, consult on the portfolio’s strategic direction, and manage significant issues and projects that advance the university’s mission.
As we know from the past few months working with Melissa in her interim role, her professionalism, leadership acumen and deep knowledge of our diverse portfolio will be an asset in this permanent position as we continue to build on our strategic vision. Melissa’s ability to build and leverage relationships within FAS and with our campus leaders and partner divisions will be greatly beneficial in supporting our collective efforts to innovate and work towards continuous improvement in all that we do.
“It is an honor to help implement the strategic direction and administrative operations of this diverse portfolio as we continue to advance the mission of the university,” said Loe. “I look forward to continuing to work with all of you and the talented and dedicated staff of FAS whose commitment to our core values benefit the university in unmeasurable ways every day.”
Prior to serving as interim Chief of Staff for FAS, Melissa served as the Director of FAS Communications from 2019 to 2021 where she led strategic communication planning for the campus-wide COVID-19 effort, spearheaded employee communications during Winter Storm Uri, and worked to operationalize and scale professional development in communications planning to provide FAS divisions with best practices, resources, and planning tools.
Prior to joining the university in 2019, Melissa was the Chief Communications Officer for Texas Health and Human Services (HHS), where she oversaw communication operations and led development of comprehensive, collaborative and integrated communication strategies across more than 300 programs and 38,000 staff. During her time with HHS, Melissa also led communications for state-level responses to Hurricane Harvey and outbreaks of the Ebola and Zika viruses.
Melissa has held communication roles with the Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities, the Lake Travis Independent School District, the Home Builders Association of Greater Austin, and the American Red Cross. Melissa received her Bachelor’s Degree from the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications from the University of Kansas.
Please join me in welcoming Melissa to this pivotal role.
Darrell Bazzell (he/him/his)
Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
The University of Texas at Austin