University human resources changes are underway

University human resources, led by associate vice president Julie Nuter, began reporting to the office of the president on Jan. 1. President Steven Leath said the new reporting relationship (UHR previously reported to the senior vice president for business and finance) reflects changes underway in human resources.

"UHR is destined to become an enhanced partner with departments and units across campus, helping them to achieve their goals," Leath said. "Human resources' role in attracting, developing and retaining talented people is increasingly important to university success. As we look to UHR for additional services and efficiencies that closely align with our priorities, it makes sense to bring the unit into the president's office."

Among efficiencies UHR will explore in coming months are recommendations from the state Board of Regents' Transparent Inclusive Efficiency Review. A key recommendation called for reviewing and streamlining UHR's decentralized services model.

Since assuming leadership of UHR in December 2013, Nuter led the overhaul of the online hiring system. She says she focuses on two things: how to attract, retain, develop and reward talent, and support leaders, faculty and staff in being successful in the work they do.

"I'm pleased to have Julie on board," Leath said. "She has the enthusiasm and expertise to build and adapt human resources to better serve all units across campus."