UP announces plan to fill void left behind by former VP Sandy Chung

By Austin De Dios | January 17, 2021 1:52pm

Former Director of Employee Relations Bill Jenkins will return to UP to help lead the Human Resources team until a new vice president for Human Resources is hired.

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The University of Portland has released their plan for filling the open position left by former Vice President of Human Resources and Title IX Coordinator Sandy Chung. Bill Jenkins, who left the University last February, will return to provide operational leadership for the Human Resources team, according to University President Fr. Mark Poorman. Jenkins served as Director of Employee Relations before leaving UP. 

Current Deputy Title IX Coordinator Sarah Meiser will be working as interim Title IX co-coordinator for compliance this spring.

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Title IX will be led by the current Deputy Title IX Coordinator Sarah Meiser and the Deputy Title IX Co-Coordinator for Student Support Meg Farra. They will be assuming the roles of interim Title IX co-coordinator for compliance and interim Title IX co-coordinator for student support respectively. 

This announcement came in an email from Poorman on Jan. 15, and also included confirmation that Sarah Schmits will continue serving as environmental health and safety officer.

The University’s search for their next Vice President for Human Resources will begin soon, Poorman wrote. The announcement also mentioned that the search process will be accompanied by an evaluation of the future organizational structure for Human Resources, Title IX and Environmental Health and Safety officers. The investigation into Chung’s accounts of discrimination from upper administration is ongoing. 

Austin De Dios is the News and Managing Editor of The Beacon. He can be reached at dedios22@up.edu.