Appointment of AVP for Shared Services and Business Transformation

Dear Colleagues:

Jamie SoutherlandI am pleased to announce that Jamie Southerland, Associate Dean for Business Affairs at the College of Liberal Arts, has accepted the new position of Associate Vice President for Shared Services and Business Transformation. He will immediately begin transitioning to this new role and will be full-time effective December 1.

Jamie has served the University in various roles since 1991 and brings more than 20 years of experience in higher education administration to his new role. He began his UT career as an internal auditor and then as Special Assistant to the Vice President for Business Affairs and later served as Assistant Director for Business Affairs for the Dana Center.  

He has spent the past nine years in the College of Liberal Arts most recently as Associate Dean for Business Affairs where he was responsible for managing an annual budget of $135 million, and for directing the human resources and administrative staff.

Jamie has proven to be a strategic and creative partner at the College of Liberal Arts, demonstrating a deep understanding and appreciation for the many unique aspects of college and center operations.

In this new position, Jamie will be responsible for leading the development and implementation of shared administrative and IT services, currently being piloted in the Provost Office and the College of Education. I believe Jamie’s deep experience will prove invaluable in the developing of a long-term strategic vision and in leading other business transformation initiatives. 

I want to sincerely thank Dean Diehl for his unselfishness and his willingness to share talent from the College of Liberal Arts. As a University we are better off because of it and I cannot thank him enough.

As stated in previous updates, I continue to believe that by sharing services we can:

  • Provide higher quality service;
  • Enhance career opportunities for our administrative staff; and
  • Create recurring savings to be reinvested in the University’s mission of teaching and research.

Please join in welcoming and congratulating Jamie on this new appointment.