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Mello to Leave the University
The following email was sent to faculty and staff by Provost Sharon L. Vasquez on Friday morning (Oct. 11).
It is with mixed emotions that I announce that Jim Mello, Assistant Provost for Academic Administration, Budget and Planning, will be leaving the University of Hartford effective November 1, 2013. Our loss is a tremendous gain for the Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio, where Jim has accepted a position in Academic Administration. Jim has been an outstanding contributor to the Office of the Provost and I wanted to share these thoughts about his time here.
Jim joined the University in 2006 as the Financial Advisor to the Provost under former Provost Donna Randall. In 2008, he became the Assistant Provost for Financial Planning, working with former Provost Lynn Pasquerella. Since my arrival as Provost, his portfolio of responsibilities expanded and in 2012 he assumed the position of Assistant Provost for Academic Administration, Budget and Planning. Over the past seven years, Jim has provided thoughtful leadership, financial counsel, and demonstrated exemplary personal and professional integrity. He has been a tireless advocate for continuous improvement, enhanced web-based communication and for walking the walk, not just talking the talk of being “committed to community.”
As Assistant Provost, Jim was instrumental in the important work of several working groups and committees, including faculty compensation, accreditation, educational technology, and the University Budget Advisory Team. Through his initiative, the Office of the Provost created the Academic Staff Excellence Award, presented annually to an outstanding member of the academic staff.
During his time at Hartford, Jim represented the University as a 2008 Fellow of the Peabody School of Education at Vanderbilt University and as a 2013 Fellow of the National Data Institute sponsored by the Association for Institutional Research. Jim departs the University staff as an alum, having completed his doctoral degree in Educational Leadership here in 2012. His presentation of his dissertation, In Support of Others: An Examination of Psychological Capital and Job Satisfaction in Academic Staff, received a “Best Paper” award at the International Conference on Learning and Administration in Higher Education in May 2013.
On a personal level, it has been a pleasure to work with Jim, whose attachment to email matches my own and who has always been willing to go the extra mile. As Jim, his wife Denise, and their five children make the move to Ohio and he embarks on a new set of professional opportunities and challenges, I know you will join me in wishing him the very best. His talent, energy and commitment to the University have been deeply appreciated.
Sharon L. Vasquez