UT’s Benefits Advisory Group reviews, analyzes and recommends changes to UT’s benefits program. The group also is charged with reviewing federal laws and state statute as well as conducting cost/benefit analyses for all recommended changes.

Jon Gushen, director of benefits and retirement for the UT System, coordinates the group and can be reached with questions at (865) 974-6050 or jonathan.gushen@tennessee.edu.

Recent Accomplishments

Guided transition from term employees to temporary employees Implemented flexible spending card benefit Guided enactment of vision benefit Guided enactment of long-term disability benefit Updated annual leave accruements Guided implementation on 401k, 457 auto enrollment

Benefits Market Assessment

UT’s Compensation Advisory Board facilitated a statewide market assessment in July 2011 to look at benefits such as health insurance, retirement, tuition assistance, time off and long-term disability for both staff and faculty. The results are being used to create a comprehensive, statewide compensation plan for the University.


Rob Chance

Director of Payroll, UT System


Katie Colocotronis

Assistant General Counsel, UT System


Sandy Jansen

Executive Director of Audit and Consulting Services, UT System


Jon Gushen

Director, HRESC Total Rewards, UT System


Ron Maples

Controller, UT System


Les Mathews

Chief Information Officer, UT System


Mark Paganelli

Executive Director of Administration and Finance, UT System


Sherry Sims

Executive Assistant for Human Resources, UT System