Announcing Roger Cude as Vice President of People and Talent

Dear FAS Employees,

Today, President Hartzell will announce Roger Cude as the new vice president for people and talent. Roger’s appointment is effective Aug. 7.

In his position, Roger will be a trusted member of the University’s leadership team and will be responsible for developing and implementing a staff talent management strategy to elevate the University’s position as a premier place to work in our city and state, as well as among our national peers.

Roger has had a long and vibrant career in human resources strategy, talent management, and human resources operations that spans three decades. Most recently, he was the founder and president of RLC Partners, a consulting group helping organizations with HR and talent management strategies, and organization and culture design. Previously, Roger served as senior vice president of human resources for Humana Inc., where he was responsible for all human resources functions, including HR business partners, HR analytics, talent management, organization development, performance management, employee engagement and talent acquisition. He also led the enterprise COVID-19 response team for customers and employees, as well as the company’s digital and community development and “Future of Work” initiatives.

Before joining Humana, Roger served as senior vice president of global talent management for Walmart. In this role, he was responsible for executive development, Walmart Leadership University, executive succession planning, officer selection and enterprise learning services. Roger has held positions as senior vice president of, learning and leadership development at Bank of America, chief human resources officer at McLeod Telecommunications and vice president of human resources for Williams Inc. He also began his career as a faculty member at the University of Tulsa, so he has first-hand knowledge of and appreciation for our research and teaching missions.

With the appointment of Roger Cude to this new vice president position, central Human Resources will move out of the FAS portfolio and will report to President Hartzell. Please join me in thanking our central HR colleagues for all their hard work and dedication to supporting our University community under FAS during these past years. I also want to thank Karen Chawner for stepping in as interim associate vice president of human resources while we finalized our nationwide search and for the support and guidance she will provide Roger in his new role.

Additional campus announcements are planned for later this morning, including an email from President Hartzell to all faculty and staff members.


Daniel T. Slesnick
Interim Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Financial and Administrative Services Portfolio
The University of Texas at Austin