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UCOP to Launch UCPath in December, Pilot Campuses to Follow

October 20, 2015

UCPath, the systemwide project to centralize, streamline and standardize the UC’s human resources, payroll benefits, general ledger, workforce administration and academic personnel processes, has developed significant momentum after many fits and starts.

Michael Reese, vice chancellor for the Division of Business and Administrative Services (BAS) recently shared a brief update about the project. The Office of the President will implement UCPath by the end of the calendar year with the first wave of pilot campuses, including UC Merced, UCLA and UC Riverside, expected to follow sometime later.

In his update, Reese announced several critical project management and governance changes.

UCPath Leadership Changes at UC Merced

Effective Nov. 1, interim campus Payroll Director Emily Bustos will assume responsibility as project manager for the local UCPath project. Bustos succeeds Pam Heintzleman, who is stepping down to take the position of payroll director at the University of San Francisco.

Bustos has been involved in UCPath from its beginning and brings to her new role significant institutional history and deep knowledge of campus processes. Her duties will include oversight over a new team of outside consultants the campus is retaining to further support UC Merced in finalizing future state business practices, transition management and training.

Bustos will report to Assistant Vice Chancellor and Controller Mike Riley, who will also elevate to the systemwide UCPath Steering Committee. He replaces Sheryl Ireland, director of policy and accountability, to allow her to devote her full attention to her responsibilities in the Office of Campus Culture and Compliance.

Riley will be replaced on the subcommittee overseeing the deployment of the pilot campuses by two critical campus representatives: Associate Vice Chancellor and Chief Information Officer Ann Kovalchick and Assistant Vice Chancellor of Human Resources Brian Powell. Their representation will ensure that those essential functional areas are represented in systemwide deliberations on the implementation of UCPath.

In the weeks and months ahead, campus leadership will be communicating much more frequently about UCPath and how its implementation will impact UC Merced.

Stay tuned.