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Theran Fisher
Friday, December 2, 2016

The University is currently undergoing a multi-year project called Ufirst to optimize Human Resource solutions. This project involves all of the University of Virginia— the Academic Division, the College at Wise, and the Health System, including the Medical Center, University Physicians Group (UPG), and the School of Medicine. While Ufirst began in 2015, several members of the Center for Leadership Excellence have recently transitioned to roles with the Ufirst Project Team.

In October, Heather Humphrey joined the Ufirst Communications and Change Management team. Heather has been involved with the Ufirst Project since the beginning, and so it was only fitting that she continue her work in a full-time role. Leslie Andrus transitioned to the project just this week and will be working on the Talent Management Team. Also on the Talent Management Team is Carolyn Cullen, who will be working in a part-time capacity while continuing to run the Cornerstone Program with the CLE. And lastly, Diane Lahue will be transitioning at the start of the new year to the Technology Team and working on the new Learning Management System (LMS).

Needless to say, the transition of Heather, Leslie, Carolyn, and Diane has a significant impact on the CLE. The rest of the team is working hard to continue providing the UVA community with leadership development opportunities and to find innovative ways to do so. Fortunately for everyone, those working on the Ufirst project have not left the University, and we will be joining them sooner rather than later in the future-state of HR.

Of course, their transition does not only impact the work of the CLE, it also impacts the culture, mood, and feel of the team. We are excited for our colleagues as they begin their work with Ufirst. Their absence is felt in our office, but it is nice to know they are working to shape the future of HR at UVA.