System HR Update

Category: Features

Tonja JohnsonAs employees of the University of Tennessee, we all know that working within a higher education setting comes with a number of important and very tangible benefits—insurance coverage, leave options, health and wellness resources, tuition discounts and retirement options, just to name a few. While the fall issue of For Your Benefit is filled with details and updates about these and other standard benefits offerings, and as we kick off a new academic year, I hope you also will think about the many intangible advantages that come with being employed at such a diverse and dynamic organization as UT.

Every day, we have the privilege of serving in a high-energy learning environment where new ideas and creative ways of thinking about the world are encouraged; where discoveries and innovation in research that solve local and world-wide problems are the norm; and where developing meaningful connections with colleagues and stakeholders is a vital part of what we do. These are benefits that often are overlooked but contribute to a more fulfilling personal and professional life.

So, as we kick off this new semester, take a fresh look at the many standard benefits options that are available as part of your employment. But, also, take some time to reflect on the rewards of being in this very vibrant, creative and highly connected learning community. To overlook these important elements of where we work is like leaving valuable benefits on the table.

Tonja Johnson, Ph.D.
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer


The vice president for HR search has been temporarily suspended and HR will continue to report to the EVP/COO until an appointment is made.

The Office of Benefits and Retirement Services, which remains under the direct supervision of Jon Gushen, has been transferred to the Office of Finance under the oversight of Mark Paganelli. (All other system HR functions will maintain their current reporting structure.)

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