January 22, 2020


TO:               Texas A&M University Faculty and Staff Employees

SUBJECT:   Organization Changes within the Division of Human Resources and Organizational Effectiveness

Recently the Division of Human Resources and Organizational Effectiveness (HROE) evaluated our organization structure, processes, and customer relationships and have decided to implement the following organization changes to assist us in meeting our long-term objectives and promote progressive outcomes with a strategic agenda. These changes include:

  • Renaming the Organizational Consulting & Resolution Management department to the Employee Relations department; 
  • Renaming the Professional Development department to the Organization Development department;
  • Renaming the Strategic Programs department to the Office of Strategy Management;
  • Realigning the reporting relationships of the Health Science Center HR team, Academic Affairs Business Services HR/Payroll team, and the Flourish at Texas A&M team.

We are making these changes primarily to align our Division with industry standards and other HR organizations in higher education. Our goal is to position ourselves to be a valued partner and premier provider of HR services.

  • Employee Relations (ER) department 
    Under the leadership of Andy Barna, our Employee Relations business partners will continue to consult and partner with employees, supervisors, and administrators to resolve employee relations matters and enhance operational and organizational effectiveness. This department also provides guidance and assistance with overall compliance matters including, but not limited to, unemployment claims, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) issues, Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and Workers' Compensation. 
  • Organization Development (OD) department
    Under the leadership of Tara Gray, our Organization Development department is transforming learning, leadership, and organization development to better align with industry practices and meet the needs of the Texas A&M community. As part of this future direction, OD is building programs to support Texas A&M’s new progressive leadership development framework and development for key functional roles across the University.
  • Office of Strategy Management (OSM)
    Under the leadership of Mary Schubert, the Office of Strategy Management will oversee all strategy related activities for the Division including the planning and execution of HR strategy. OSM will be responsible for ensuring that all support functions and operational areas are working towards common objectives that align with our mission, vision, and values. HROE’s marketing and communication efforts as well as the HR Liaison Network are housed in OSM and are integral to the strategy execution process.
  • Health Science Center (HSC) HR team
    Under the leadership of Tricia Landers, the Health Science Center HR team will now report directly to me. In addition, HR functions within the HSC have been further realigned resulting in a direct reporting relationship of HR administrators to Tricia. These administrators are embedded within the HSC’s academic units and serve as additional support for HR liaisons within the academic units. The HSC HR team will be relocating within the next few weeks to the HSC Bryan Campus, Clinical Building I, to be closer to HSC leadership, units, and employees.
  • Academic Affairs Business Services Human Resources-Payroll (AABS HRPR)
    Under the leadership of Tara Hunter, the Academic Affairs Business Services Human Resources-Payroll team has become a part of HROE with a direct reporting relationship to me. Tara and her staff remain the first point of contact for their assigned departments on human resources issues and payroll processing. AABS HRPR will work closely with existing HROE staff regarding HR and payroll matters in an effort to identify and implement process efficiencies that will benefit customers. 
  • Flourish at Texas A&M
    Under the leadership of Jessica Rubie, the Flourish at Texas A&M team has become a part of HROE with a direct reporting relationship to me. During President Young’s State of the University address in October, he announced the creation of this new university-wide program intended to improve well-being and engagement for all employees. Learn more about Flourish here.

It is important to note that the Talent Management department, led by Scott Bauer, and the Total Rewards department, led by Elizabeth Schwartz, are remaining as currently structured and named at this time.

In addition to these strategic changes, we are redesigning the HROE website this year. The primary objectives of our newly redesigned site are focused on providing our customers with more eLearning resources, increased customer interactivity, streamlined menus, clear navigation, and a responsive layout. We will launch the changes for HROE departments in stages throughout the year. Organization Development will be the first department to feature the redesigned look which is expected to launch this month. We hope you will find these improvements useful and helpful. Visit our website at and watch for these developments. 

All of these changes are an effort to make strategic decisions regarding programs and services that affect you, Texas A&M employees. These enhancements will directly contribute to our major long-term objectives to help our faculty and staff feel empowered, connected, and committed to this great university.

If you have any questions, suggestions, or comments about this information or about any of our services, please contact me.


Jeff Risinger  │ Vice President
Division of Human Resources & Organizational Effectiveness
1255 TAMU │ College Station, TX 77843-1255