The Ufirst Project


August 18, 2017, 12:00am

From Kelley Stuck: It is my pleasure to announce that John Kosky will be joining our team as the Assistant Vice President for IMPACT and Decision Support. John brings more than 17 years of experience as an HR leader in higher education.

The AVP IMPACT and Decision Support role requires a unique blend of knowledge and experience. In his previous role as a Human Resources Associate Vice President at The George Washington University (GW), John leveraged data and analytics to develop and direct strategies in support of the university’s ability to recruit, motivate, engage, develop, and reward employees. This included leadership of compensation administration, benefits strategy, wellness, work-life effectiveness, and rewards and recognition programming. He also served as Executive Director of Compensation Administration at GW.

Prior to GW, John spent nearly 10 years at Emory University. He designed and implemented Emory’s first-ever HR function focused on the work-life needs of faculty, staff, and graduate students, ultimately earning national recognition for the program by the Alliance for Work-Life Progress. John began his career in higher education at Clayton College and State University in Georgia.

John holds an MBA from the University of Georgia and a Master of Law degree from Emory, as well as numerous HR professional certifications (e.g., SPHR, CEBS, and CCP) and memberships (e.g., SHRM, CUPA-HR, and Center for Creative Leadership). He is a veteran of the United States Army.

I hope that you will join me in welcoming John when he starts his new role on September 1.


August 1, 2017, 12:00am

July 27, 2017, 12:00am
CHRO Kelley Stuck presented recent changes to the future-state HR organizational chart at the July HRCC meeting. These changes, based on feedback from across the University, resulted in the addition of nine positions. The changes exemplify the iterative nature of the Ufirst project and the ability to make modifications as we hear feedback and move through the transformation. Organizational chart changes will be posted on the Ufirst website the first week of August.

Overview of Changes:

  • Added 5 new HR Business Partner opportunities supporting the following schools/units:
    • SEAS
    • Batten / Curry
    • Arts & Sciences / Library
    • SOM / HS Library
    • Facilities Management
  • Upgraded from Business Partner to Sr. HR Business Partner for President’s Office, EVP & COO, SVP for Operations, Advancement, Diversity, Student Affairs, and Police Department
  • Added 2 new Talent Support, Academic opportunities
    • HR Assistant, Talent Support
    • HR Associate, Talent Support
  • Moved 2 HR Associate, Talent Support Health System, and 2 HR Assistant, Talent Support Health System from the Service COE to the Talent COE under Talent Recruitment
  • Added 1 HR Consultant, Organizational Development Health System opportunity
  • Added 1 Sr. Consultant, Performance Management, Health System opportunity
  • Changed reporting structure for the Health System, Senior Director, Service; this position will now have a solid line to the CHRO with a dotted line to AVP Service
  • Removed Manager, Medical Center Recruitment position and Manager, School of Medicine Recruitment position
  • Added 1 Director, HR Health System Talent Recruitment opportunity
  • Upgraded the Director, HR Talent Recruitment to Sr. Director, HR Talent Recruitment
  • Added 1 Recruiter, Non-nursing opportunity
July 1, 2017, 12:00am

June 9, 2017, 3:01pm

From Kelley Stuck: I am pleased to announce that Michael Latsko will be joining the Office of the CHRO as the Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives. Michael is the first internal hire into a leadership role in the new HR organization and I hope that you will join me in congratulating him.

Michael is a highly valued member of the HR team and brings significant experience, perspective, and insight to the teams on which he serves. He is currently directing the talent selection and transition process for the Ufirst project, and previously held project leadership roles in the selection of our new HR technology solution and in designing the IMPACT and Decision Support function. Michael joined the University in 2012 to lead HR consulting services, and later went on to establish UHR’s strategic systems and support team. 

Before joining UVA, Michael’s HR work was in private sector online professional publishing companies.  A “double Hoo,” he holds undergraduate and law degrees from the University, and is certified as an HR professional by the Society of Human Resource Management and the HR Certification Institute.  He is an officer of the Virginia SHRM state council and the Virginia chapter of the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR).

Michael’s official start date is June 26, 2017 but we will gradually transition his duties on the Ufirst project as he begins his new role.