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HR Welcomes New Dispute Resolution Officer, Kim Sullivan

The Conflict Management Office welcomes a new Dispute Resolution Officer, Kim Sullivan. She is a licensed attorney in both Massachusetts and Texas. In addition to servicing the university grievance policy, Kim offers mediation, coaching, and training to the entire staff population. She welcomes early contact with the office to work preemptively towards more effective communication and relationship repair at the earliest signs of discord or conflict. As a neutral third party, she assists departments and individual employees articulate clear performance expectations and plans, offers informal consultations prior to corrective actions, advises where personality clashes exist, and delivers team-building and management best practices training. Initial consultations are kept confidential.

For more information about Kim, see her full bio.

TRS Active Member Contribution Rate Increase

Effective September 1, 2016 (fiscal year 2017), active Teacher Retirement System (TRS) members will experience an increase in their paycheck deduction from 7.2 percent to 7.7 percent. This information was previously reported in the August 2013 and July 2015 TRS News, and was approved by the 83rd Texas Legislature. For more information about this TRS rate change, contact TRS at 1-800-223-8778 or 512-542-6400, Mon.-Fri., 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.


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