Colleagues – I am writing today to announce two organizational changes within Business Affairs that are designed to enhance the University’s effectiveness and impact.
The first change involves an expanded role for Bob Smith who will establish a more unified approach to managing our buildings, grounds, land holdings, construction projects, and operational services as we expand our initiatives in Phoenix and presence throughout Arizona. In a new role as Vice President for University Planning, Design and Operations, Bob will capitalize on his experience and expertise in the areas of architecture, planning, facilities, real estate, and parking and transportation services. In addition to serving the needs of those who learn and work within our growing educational and research enterprise, the University is committed to being a strong partner in regional development. Bob’s expertise will be invaluable to us as we forge and strengthen strategic relationships throughout our state.
The second change is the appointment of Allison Vaillancourt as Vice President for Business Affairs & Human Resources. Allison’s portfolio will include Arizona Public Media, Human Resources, Risk Management Services, and Systems Control. Having Allison join our division will support organizational partnerships that already exist and offer opportunities for us to enhance vital community partnerships. Allison will continue to be a member of the Provost’s Council as she and her Human Resources colleagues are important collaborators on leadership initiatives, policy matters, and faculty affairs. I had the pleasure of working closely with Allison before I even started on campus. Her thinking, problem solving, institutional understanding, and people-first focus will be assets to Business Affairs and the entire university in her expanded role.
Smart organizations are constantly evolving to take advantage of new realities and emerging possibilities, and the changes described here are designed to make us stronger and more strategic. Many of you have shared additional ideas regarding how we might realign resources to achieve our aspirations and I look forward to continuing those conversations.
Please join me in welcoming Allison and the entire Human Resources group to Business Affairs and thanking Bob for accepting an expanded role.