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Elaine Wynn, UT’s staff ombudsperson, has announced plans to retire at the end of December after serving nine years in the position.

image of Elaine Wynn
Elaine Wynn

Faculty ombudsperson Bill Nugent will fill both roles on an interim basis as the two part-time positions are combined into one position. An internal search to fill the position will begin soon. The goal is to have the new person in place in spring 2019.

Ombudspersons are designated neutral and impartial dispute resolution practitioners. Reporting directly to the chancellor, they provide confidential and informal conflict resolution assistance to UT faculty and staff consistent with state and federal laws.

“Elaine’s service to UT has been very much appreciated,” said Interim Chancellor Wayne T. Davis. “She has filled a critical role at the university, and I wish her all the best in retirement.”

Nugent, who also serves as associate dean of research in the College of Social Work, will chair the search committee.

Members of the committee are Benjamin Lee, associate professor of English and president of the American Association of University Professors UT chapter; Nathalie Hristov, associate professor and music librarian for tech services, University Libraries; Jill Malolepszy, assistant director, Office of Equity and Diversity; Izetta Slade, senior director, Human Resources; and John Zomchick, vice provost for faculty affairs.

For more information on submitting a nomination or application for the position, contact Brooke Swart, Executive Recruiter, at


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