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Mark Diaz Steps Down After 18 Years of Service

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    Mark Diaz

    Mark Diaz

    CORAL GABLES, Fla. (July 28, 2017)–After 18 years of leadership and service to the University, Mark Diaz, the vice president for budget and planning who launched UM’s Family Night with the Marlins, is stepping down to pursue other opportunities, effective July 31.

    “There is no part of our University that has not been touched and improved due to his work,” Thomas J. LeBlanc, UM’s outgoing executive vice president and provost wrote in announcing Diaz’s departure. “He led the effort to reshape the budget process to ensure that our resources and our aspirations were aligned, and that budget priorities would drive and sustain academic excellence.”

    An avid ’Canes fan and alumnus who joined the University administration in 1999 as executive director of medical finance operations and budget at the Miller School of Medicine, Diaz moved to LeBlanc’s leadership team as associate vice president for budget and planning in 2005, and was named vice president for budget and planning in 2012. He concurrently served as interim CFO of the Miller School and UHealth from 2013 to 2016.

    Among his many responsibilities, Diaz oversaw the strategic development of the University’s budget and capital plans, as well as organizational and business development within the academic and administrative units.

    Under his guidance, the University budget increased annual contingency funding to protect the academic programs from unforeseen budget shortfalls, and also increased annual funding for deferred maintenance to assure that University facilities support the academic mission.

    He also led the effort to identify the resources for the massive renovation of the Cox Science Building, as well as the development of the Cox Science Plaza. He budgeted and staffed a new organization to oversee space across our campuses, which included an online space management system.

    An early proponent and vocal supporter of UM’s culture transformation effort, Diaz dedicated many hours of his own time in support of this important work. Now in its 12th year, his popular Family Night with the Marlins draws more than 20,000 employees and their families to Marlins Park for a celebration of America’s pastime, and of the U.

    Diaz, who earned his initial accounting degree from UM in 1992, said it’s been his privilege to work for and with tremendous people to advance one of South Florida’s jewels.

    “Borrowing from a familiar phrase, it’s all about the people!” Diaz said. “I can’t think of a better way to dedicate 18 years than to serve and support faculty, staff, trustees, students, patients, and countless others who make up a place that I truly care about. I never would have imagined that I would return to the University that launched me into the ‘real world.’ I wore the U proudly as an alum and employee. I just hope that I, in turn, made the U proud. It really was and always will be all about the U–the phrase that really matters.”

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