I’m happy to welcome the University Budget Office and Procurement and Supplier Diversity Services to the UVAFinance team. I am very excited at the opportunity that we will have to share strengths and ideas, to collaborate closely on important tasks, and to create innovative solutions. You will hear more about this over the next several months as we begin work to develop a central mission and core values for the entire UVAFinance organization.
I invite all of you to join me in a drop-in coffee and bagels tomorrow morning (Friday, Nov 20) in Conference Room E, from 10:30-12. Come by, say hello, grab some breakfast, and ask me any questions you may have about the impact this re-organization may have on you.
I’ll close with a few words about the annual Chamber of Commerce dinner last week. It was terrific to see Dr. Marcus Martin, Vice President and Chief Officer for Diversity and Equity, receive the 2015 McIntire Citizenship Award recipient, which recognizes outstanding citizen contributions. UVA Baseball Coach Brian O’Connor provided the keynote address and spoke about creating a championship culture. His words resonated with me, as we strive together to create a cohesive and successful UVAFinance team. Coach O’Connor spoke of these key characteristics of a championship culture:
- Be accountable to one another to perform at our best
- Be an energy-giver, not an energy-taker
- Learn lessons through failure
- Be unselfish, putting the team first
- Always show consideration, respect, and loyalty
- Surround yourself with the right people, then empower them to succeed
I look forward to working with you to create a championship culture!
See you for drop-in bagels and coffee tomorrow,