Task Force Examining Human Resource Benefits

July 20, 2004

by Lori Scott Fogleman

A 26-member task force appointed by Baylor University President Robert B. Sloan Jr. has begun its work researching various human resource benefits, programs and policies at Baylor.

The task force, representative of both Baylor faculty and staff, is charged with providing feedback on current research on policies and benefits, deciding what new information needs to be collected and, based on the additional research, determining any appropriate recommendations. The task force is chaired by Dr. Elizabeth B. Davis, vice provost for academic relations and associate professor of accounting.

"During the spring semester, the division of human resources and enrollment management researched the viability of several important policies and benefits for faculty and staff. Some of these initiatives have undergone extensive work, having grown out of the 2003 work/life study, while others are new opportunities that have been identified recently," Sloan said. "One of the vital initiatives within Baylor 2012 is recruiting, retaining and developing an outstanding faculty and staff. I believe this task force can have a significant role in recommending some important changes relative to the quality of our working environment at Baylor."

The task force is looking at various programs and policies, including an honorary retiree program, holidays, missions/community leave, extending the tenure clock, a breastfeeding program and flexible work arrangements. With significant research already available, the task force anticipates having most issues resolved by the beginning of the fall semester.

In addition to Davis, members of the task force are:

• Richard Amos (Ex-Officio), Compensation and Benefits

• Susan Anz, Controller

• Robert Baird, Philosophy

• Rick Creel, Operations and Facilities

• Jim Doak, Department of Public Safety

• Robyn Driskell, Sociology, Social Work and Anthropology

• Preston Dyer, School of Social Work

• Bernice Helpert, Arts and Sciences Dean's Office

• Tiffany Hogue, Office of the Provost

• Chris Holmes, General Counsel

• Tyler Horner (Ex-Officio), Work/Life Programs

• Anthony Lapes, University Libraries

• René Maciel, Truett Seminary

• Rita Massey, Psychology and Neuroscience

• Blaine McCormick, Management, Hankamer School of Business

• Bethany McCraw, Judicial Affairs

• Sarah-Jane Murray, Great Texts Program

• Jacque Neatherlin, Nursing, Dean's Office

• Wiff Rudd, Instrumental Studies

• James Steen, Admission Services

• Rona Stefka, Education, Dean's Office

• Bill Underwood, Law School

• Dianna Vitanza, English

• Trena Wilkerson, Education

• Susan Wommack, University Development

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