UT System Human Resources Spotlight

Category: Features

The UT System Human Resources Office works to ensure compliance with federal, state and University labor standards and policies. Its staff members work diligently to positively contribute to the workplace satisfaction level across the UT System.






UT System chief human resources officer

Brian Dickens

Dickens is responsible for planning, developing and implementing statewide initiatives that support employee engagement. Dickens joined the UT System in December 2019.









Delphia Howze, Executive director of equity and diversity

Delphia Howze


Delphia Howze was hired as the UT System’s executive director of equity and diversity in September 2020. She will consult and partner with UT’s campuses and institutes to advance efforts to identify and remove social, financial and health disparities that impede diversity, equity and inclusion. 







Janice Hodge, Director of human resources technology and analytics

Janice Hodge

Hodge serves as the liaison between the human resources offices across the state and the IRIS Administrative Support team, manages the organizational structure in IRIS, assists departments with their IRIS-HR reporting needs, and creates ad hoc queries for specialty needs.








Bonnie Lee Frank, Administrative coordinator

Bonnie Lee Frank

Frank joined the UT System Office of Human Resources in 2010 coming from the UT System Office of Institutional Research. Frank provides project management, meeting and event planning, and administrative support to the chief human resource officer (CHRO) and all UT System HR staff.








Ashlie Czyz, Executive recruiter and director of human resource programs

Ashlie Czyz

Czyz has been a part of UT for more than 20 years, including 16 years working in human resources, both for the UT System and UT Knoxville. Her current role allows her to spend time working with and serving the faculty and staff at each of our unique campuses and institutes.









Julie Hunt, Executive director of compensation

Julie Hunt

Hunt leads the development and administration of the compensation system for the University of Tennessee System. Areas of expertise include designing and implementing market/merit-based compensation systems and developing job family-based classification structures.









Sherry Sims, Executive assistant to the CHRO

Sherry Sims

Sims has a bachelor’s in Communications and a master’s in Human Resources from UT Knoxville. Employed with the University for 37 years, she has worked in several areas of human resources including benefits, policy development and recruitment. In her current role, she provides support for all areas of human resources and diversity and inclusion.








Laura Sloan, Compensation Specialist

Laura Sloan

Sloan holds a bachelor’s degree in organizational psychology and development. With more than 15 years of diverse human resources experience, Sloan focuses on the development and implementation of the Job Family Compensation Project with the system-wide compensation team.