Dear UT System Employees

Category: Features

Brian Dickens
Brian Dickens,
Chief Human Resources Officer

Resources! We are excited about this issue of For Your Benefit, which promises to provide you timely information regarding open enrollment, any potential changes in our healthcare benefit plan offerings and general updates from the UT System.

We are especially excited to introduce new additions to our UT System HR team and our ongoing HR reimagination process for continual process and systems improvements.  We are proud to announce the addition of Izetta Slade as our new executive director of employee and organization development (EOD) for the UT System. Izetta brings a wealth of experience and genuine collaborative energy to our team and has initiated a comprehensive human resources business partner model to improve and enhance service delivery to our campuses, institutes and centers across the System.

Next, we are pleased to introduce Debbie Alley as our new learning management system administrator. She is also housed in our EOD department and comes to us with rich learning and development and eLearning design experience from Pilot Flying J in Knoxville. In addition,

Christian Houston will transfer from retirement services to join UT System human resources as an HR generalist. We are pleased to be able to repurpose her human resource development background and valued experience to help to improve our overall service delivery model to our UT System constituents.

Finally, our latest addition is the newly hired Executive Director for Equity and Diversity Delphia Howze. She joins our collective team of professionals with expertise in diversity, equity and inclusion. Delphia has the level of professional fortitude to help us with our efforts toward a long-term sustainable impact in this important work for the UT System. 

As we welcome new faces, we are equally proud of our existing team and the many future-focused initiatives to advance the work of employee engagement and collective accountability across the UT System. Your success as an employee is what we are focused on. And with our staff additions and reimagined HR service model, we are eager to bring you tools and opportunities to help you thrive in 2020-2021.     

– Brian Dickens