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