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UCPath steering committee appointed to drive local implementation

UCOP leadership has appointed the UCPath Steering Committee to oversee implementation of the project at UC Office of the President by year-end 2014.

The 10-person committee held its initial meeting Feb. 14 and will be intensively engaged over the next 13 months in implementing the new business operations and computational processes needed to ensure a smooth transition to the new payroll and benefits system at UCOP.

Early this year UC President Janet Napolitano announced to OP leadership that UCOP would be the first to launch the new system by the end of calendar year 2014. She emphasized the importance of UCPath and its timely implementation as a key component of the university’s goal of increasing operational efficiency.

“It is imperative to the success of the project to recognize the intense time commitment and that you make UCPath . . . your top priority,” said a letter to the steering committee members from UCPath executive sponsors Executive Vice President for Business Operations Nathan Brostrom and Executive Vice President–Chief Financial Officer Peter Taylor.

Members of the committee include:

  • Peggy Arrivas, Associate Vice President, Systemwide Controller and UCOP Sponsor
  • Gayelea Allison, Operations Production Director, UCPath Center
  • Karla Campbell, Director of Operations, UCOP
  • Kobie Crowder, Director of Strategic Projects, UCOP
  • John Fox, Executive Director, UCOP Local Human Resources
  • Eleanor Skarakis, Chief of Staff to the Vice President of Human Resources and Director of HR Policy, UCOP
  • Amal Smith, Director, Business Resource Center, UCOP
  • Nancy Tanaka, Executive Director of Academic Personnel, UCOP
  • Paul Weiss, Chief Technology Officer, UCOP
  • Andrew Wissmiller, Associate Vice Chancellor, Information Technology Services, UCLA

Brostrom and Taylor’s letter also said that staff and subject matter experts working on UCPath will be dedicated to the project and supported in their regular assignments by other staff to allow them to focus on UCPath.

When it is launched, all UCOP staff will use UCPath to handle their personalized health benefits and other human resources services. (UCOP staff will continue to manage their retirement benefits through At Your Service Online.) Following implementation at OP, other UC locations will follow in waves until the new system is fully operational for all UC staff and faculty at all campuses and medical centers. The systemwide timetable will be released this spring.

UCPath’s purpose is to achieve cost savings and efficiencies across the UC system by replacing the university’s 35-year-old Payroll/Personnel System (PPS) — processes for which now vary from location to location — with a single payroll, benefits, HR and academic personnel system for all UC employees.

Beyond cost reductions, UCPath will incorporate upgraded information technology, standardize and simplify processes and provide consistent personnel data throughout the UC system. Staff will have direct access to and be able to maintain more of their online personal employee information than they can now. The UCPath shared services center near the UC Riverside campus will deliver online and one-on-one support for transactions.

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