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President Sullivan reshuffles UVM executives—Burlington Free Press—04/17/2013



Tim Johnson, Free Press staff. Original article: April 17, 2013.

A reorganization of the University of Vermont’s executive leadership has been announced by President Tom Sullivan.

In a message to the UVM community Tuesday, Sullivan detailed how the positions of six top leaders will be redefined as of July 1, the start of the next fiscal year. In at least four cases, the new roles will come with increased responsibility. In addition, Sullivan said he plans to hire a chief of staff.

Sullivan called the reorganization a “rebalancing” that he said “will allow us to better meet the challenges ahead” and promote efficiency. He said the changes would be implemented “in a cost effective way.”

It was not immediately clear how the executives’ compensation will change. “We will be in a better position to answer that closer to July 1, after the appropriate market compensation analysis is conducted,” said Enrique Corredera, university spokesman, responding by email to questions about the Sullivan statement.

Asked if the restructuring would result in an increase or decrease in positions, Corredera said:

“It’s too soon to answer definitely. This is a preliminary overview. Each individual leader needs to assess his or her new responsibilities and determine the level of resources needed to fulfill them.”

New titles have yet to be decided on, Sullivan said, and “some details remain to be resolved.” His summary of the changes mentioned seven executives who will fill six positions. They include (with current title and 2012-13 salary):

Richard Cate (vice president for finance and administration, $229,908) will oversee budget, controller and business service functions. Some of his administrative oversight will pass to Tom Gustafson (vice president for university relations and campus life, $214,200), including capital planning and management and administrative and facilities services, in addition to enterprise risk management and police services. Gustafson will continue to be responsible for university relations, university communications and athletics, but not student affairs.

Annie Stevens (associate vice president for student and campus life, $151,292), will become the leader of student affairs. Wanda Heading-Grant (chief diversity officer, $173,400) will add Human Resources to her responsibilities. Human Resources have reported to Cate.

Mara Saule (library dean, $178,858) will retain her current position and assume the duties of David Todd (chief information officer, $212,079), who will be retiring.

Gary Derr (vice president for executive operations, $172,508), will focus on “operational matters,” including emergency operations, board and presidential events planning and public records act compliance.

Asked how the restructuring was decided and who was involved, Corredera said:

“This is President Sullivan’s decision, made in consultation with the board’s Executive Committee, faculty leadership, chair of the Staff Council, and through discussions with deans.”

The Board of Trustees’ Executive Committee is chaired by board chairman Rob Cioffi and includes trustees Deborah McAneny, Joan Lenes, Bill Botzow, Frank Cioffi and Mark Young, as well as five representatives from staff, faculty, students and the UVM Foundation. Sullivan is an ex-officio member of the committee.


Sybil Brigham McShane · Middlebury
Perhaps this article should be linked to the one that discusses how women are still paid less than men in VT. It is interesting how all these women who earn less than the men listed are taking on additional responsibilities. Hope they get raises

Pennie Rand · University of New Hampshire
It’s about time!!!

Jeffrey Sloan · Senior Design Engineer at IBM
ah, academia. ah, tenure. we should all be so lucky.