For the first time ever, the University of Texas at Austin will have a staff ombudsperson – an independent third-party who can help resolve internal conflicts with staff members. Jennifer Graf Sims begins her new duties on July 20, according to a press release.
“As many of you know, the creation of this position has been several years in the making,” UT President Bill Powers said in a post on his blog.
UT already has an ombuds for faculty and students. The UT Staff Council has been pressing administration for several years to hire one to deal with disputes involving staff members. Last year, the council adopted the need for a staff ombudsperson as one of its top three priorities.