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HR Director Appointed to Professional Association Board

Nerissa Morris

Nerissa Morris

Nerissa Morris, vice president for human resources, has been tapped to serve a three-year term on the board of directors of the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources, which serves more than 20,000 HR professionals and other campus leaders at more than 1,900 member organizations. She joined the board on July 1.

Morris has been a member of CUPA-HR for seven years and was a participant in the association’s 2015-16 emerging leader program. She also has served on the association’s public policy committee and has presented at two CUPA-HR annual conferences.

Prior to joining the University in 2009, Morris worked in HR for the Ford Motor Company for 22 years, serving as the corporation’s human resources manager for global information technology, with responsibility for information technology professionals in the Americas, Europe, and Asia-Pacific.


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UM Libraries Earn Top Honors for Marketing Materials

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EdiblePoster2CORAL GABLES, Fla. (June 27, 2016)—The University of Miami Libraries received top honors in a national competition for library public relations and marketing materials in Orlando last week, when it collected two awards in the 2016 PR Xchange Awards Competition, hosted annually by the American Library Association’s Library Leadership & Management Association.

“One award is tremendous, but a double award is quite special and unusual,” says Dean of Libraries Chuck Eckman.

This year’s competition drew nearly 400 submissions from libraries nationwide, which were reviewed by 17 judges in each category. Materials were judged on the quality of content, originality, design, and format.

UM’s winning entries were originally designed to raise awareness of library services and programming. One of the entries, a colorful info graphic about “The Essential Ten” things to do at the library, was distributed as a flyer during New Student Orientation. It won in the category of “Patron Orientation Materials.”

“We wanted to give new undergrads a simple and informative document that familiarized them with the most important services the library could provide, from our collections to our people,” says Learning and Research Services Librarian Lauren Fralinger, head of the Libraries’ Undergraduate Engagement Working Group, who collaborated with the Communications and Events team in producing the flyer.

Its success in reaching students later inspired the larger poster version currently displayed in the Richter Library’s stacks elevators.

The Libraries also took the top prize in the “Special Events and Programming” category for a promotional poster advertising the 2015  International Edible Book Festival—and taking the nontraditional form of a hamburger illustration. The tagline: “Turn your favorite book into edible art. Make it well-done.”

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UM Appoints Interim Title IX Coordinator

Effective June 1, the Title IX coordinator reports to Rudolph Green, the vice president and chief compliance officer in University Compliance Services. Doug Horr has been designated the interim Title IX coordinator and as such will serve as the central resource for the University on all issues related to Title IX, and will work closely with the deputy title IX coordinators to help educate, train, and support campus community members. He will coordinate and oversee compliance with Title IX statutory and regulatory requirement efforts. In addition, Horr will continue in his role as executive director of University Compliance Services.

Title IX is a federal law that prohibits sex discrimination in educational programs and activities at schools, colleges and universities receiving federal financial assistance. It has been commonly associated with the concept of gender equity in athletics—a goal that has supported the growth and strength of women’s athletics programs. Current interpretations indicate that Title IX is far broader in its scope and protections. Visit Title IX FAQs to learn more.



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Anuj Mehrotra Named Interim Business Dean

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Anuj Mehrotra

Anuj Mehrotra

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (June 22, 2016) – Anuj Mehrotra, professor of management science and vice dean of the School of Business Administration, has been named interim dean of the school following the departure of Eugene W. Anderson, who stepped down after his five-year term ended this summer.

In making the announcement, UM Executive Vice President and Provost Thomas J. LeBlanc noted Mehrotra’s commitment to excellence and credited him with growing the school’s graduate student enrollment.

“During Anuj’s tenure as vice dean, the school has diversified its portfolio of graduate programs with innovative experiential courses that include international immersion and consulting experiences for participants. These programs have helped to grow graduate student enrollment by 70 percent in the last five years,” LeBlanc said.

“His experience and commitment to excellence will continue to strengthen the school’s top-50 ranking among M.B.A. programs and ensure continuity in addressing the needs of our students and graduates,” LeBlanc added.

Mehrotra will serve as interim dean starting July 1 while UM completes a global search and installs a new dean.

Mehrotra, who joined the UM faculty in 1993, is the Leslie O. Barnes Scholar, professor of management science, and has been vice dean since 2007. He oversees all aspects of M.B.A., Executive M.B.A., and specialized masters programs, including recruitment, admissions, and advising. Previously, he served as the chair of the Department of Management Science.

Mehrotra’s research interests are in large-scale optimization and interdisciplinary applications. His research includes a project with the U.S. Coast Guard to optimally locate air stations to respond to distress calls and a study on determining routing and staffing decisions for distributed call centers. He holds a Ph.D. in Operations Research from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

During his term as interim dean, Mehrotra said he is confident that the school will continue to innovate by anticipating and adapting to the shifting needs of students and the business community and helping to move current initiatives forward while the search for the new dean continues.

“I look forward to working with our world-class faculty, professional staff, alumni, and other supporters to strengthen and build on the status and recognition the school’s degree and non-degree programs have earned locally and internationally,” he said.

The School of Business Administration’s degree and non-degree programs have been recognized in various rankings, including being named among the top U.S. programs for Latin Americans by America Economía and top 50 undergraduate and graduate programs in the U.S. by Bloomberg BusinessWeek and The Economist.    


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David F. Ertel to Assume Top Financial and Strategy Positions at Miller School and UHealth

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David. F. Ertel

David. F. Ertel

David F. Ertel, the chief financial officer of Einstein Healthcare Network in Philadelphia, has been named chief financial officer and chief strategy officer for health affairs.

As CFO, Ertel will be responsible for the business systems of the Miller School of Medicine and UHealth – the University of Miami Health System, reporting to Steven M. Altschuler, M.D., Senior Vice President for Health Affairs and CEO of UHealth.

“The success of the value-based health system we are creating will depend, in part, on the sound financial decisions we make, and David will lead the way in critical areas including contracting, budgeting, prioritizing initiatives and business development,” Altschuler said.

Ertel will also have oversight of short- and long-term forecasting, managed care contracting and other financial operations, such as local health market concentration.

“David’s depth of experience will make him a strong leader for the transformation of our health system,” said Altschuler.

The Einstein network in Philadelphia consists of three acute-care hospitals, a nationally recognized rehabilitation hospital, and a physician network that includes 450 employed physicians. The principal medical center — Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia — is affiliated with Thomas Jefferson University and trains 435 residents and fellows and more than 1,000 medical students annually.

As the CFO of Einstein, Ertel has collaborated on service line initiatives in behavioral health and women’s and children’s health, as well as a restructuring of investments and debt.

Previously Ertel was a managing director at Morgan Stanley and head of the National Health Care Group, advising health systems and academic medical centers in financial and strategic matters. He also worked as Vice President and Director of the Health Care Public Finance Group at PaineWebber. Before his investment banking career, he was Budget Director of the New Jersey State Department of Human Services, managing budget planning and control activities.

As a health system trustee, Ertel helped Princeton HealthCare System grow its clinical footprint, including the development of a new hospital.

Ertel holds M.B.A. and M.P.H. degrees from Columbia University. He will begin his new role in late July.

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