The Ufirst Project


September 8, 2017, 12:00am

From Kelley Stuck: Adam Weikel will join the UVA Human Resources organization as the Assistant Vice President, Service. Adam has spent the last decade serving in a blend of higher education, human resources, and public sector roles. He joins us from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts government, where he serves as Associate Chief and Director of Strategic Operations, reporting to the Governor’s Chief of Staff. In this position, he leads a team of consultants responsible for addressing the state's most complex operational and service delivery challenges across Massachusetts’s 43,000-employee organization. He has a record of successful change management, having directed numerous large-scale HR reorganization and modernization initiatives. His background in higher education includes HR and administrative roles at Northeastern, Tufts, and Fairleigh Dickinson Universities. Adam is pursuing a Doctor of Education from Northeastern and holds an MA in Organizational Behavior from Fairleigh Dickinson.

September 8, 2017, 12:00am

From Kelley Stuck: Melissa Frederick will join the HR Service Community of Expertise as Senior Director of Service for University Operations. Melissa’s more than 20 years of experience brings knowledge from a wide breadth of HR disciplines to this position, which will oversee HR service delivery to the University’s operational units. Since November 2016, she has led the service delivery team for the Ufirst project, charting the course for how HR work will be delivered in the transformed organization. Melissa also leads the total rewards work stream for the project. She came to Ufirst from the UVA Medical Center where she was Director of Compensation, HR Information Systems, and Workforce Planning. In this role, she led workforce planning for the Medical Center and led redesigns of recruitment, compensation, and recognition programming functions. She also oversaw the implementation of a workforce management system. She holds an MBA from Medaille College in Buffalo, New York, and her work on compensation redesign is published in the American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Association journal

September 8, 2017, 12:00am

From Kelley Stuck: Bryan Garey, whom many of you know from his nine years of service in University Human Resources, has accepted a leadership position as Assistant Vice President, Talent. Since 2016, Bryan has guided HR operations for the Academic Division, and in the course of his UVA career, has led numerous initiatives that delivered process improvements and enhanced service. He brings extensive learning and organizational development experience, including design of the Center for Leadership Excellence at UVA. Bryan is also a key contributor to the Ufirst HR transformation project. His career includes stints at the University of Florida and in the private sector. Bryan holds a Master of Fine Arts from UVA, and a Master of Science in Management from the University of Florida, as well as several HR professional certifications (SHRM-CP, PHR, Center for Creative Leadership). He is active in the local SHRM chapter and is a graduate of Leadership Charlottesville.

August 30, 2017, 12:00am
The Ufirst Talent Management team met with Nursing Leadership at the Medical Center earlier this month. Nursing has the largest staff population (2,500+!) and competency demonstration and tracking are heavily regulated by the Joint Commission. Additionally, they have leading Talent Management practices (e.g., certifications, PM goal setting and feedback) that they participate in as a part of their Magnet designation.
In the meeting, a demonstration of Workday, targeted specifically to Medical Center needs, was shown. Key components included Talent Profile, Performance Management, and new hire and ongoing/annual competency management.
Meeting participants were very engaged and voiced appreciation for being included in these early planning discussions, which are necessary due to the volume of work to be done to ensure that Workday supports of nursing staff processes.
Comments from the meeting include:
  • "I am blown away by the fact that we will finally be able to track BSNs (Bachelor of Science in Nursing). This has been a pain point for years."
  • "This is exciting (competency tracking) but we (Patient Care Services) have much work to do to get ready."
Thank you to the Medical Center Nursing team for their partnership and their clinical expertise to revise and update competencies!


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.