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UT Austin announces new associate vice president for human resources

Kyle J. Cavanaugh, associate vice president for human resources at Rice University in Houston, has been selected to be the new associate vice president for human resources at The University of Texas at Austin.

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AUSTIN, Texas —Kyle J. Cavanaugh, associate vice president for human resources at Rice University in Houston, has been selected to be the new associate vice president for human resources at The University of Texas at Austin.

A graduate of Tusculum College in Greeneville, Tenn., Cavanaugh has earned a masters of education degree in special education from the University of Illinois, a masters of education degree in health promotion and exercise science from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, as well as an MBA from Belmont University in Nashville. Cavanaugh has two decades of experience in human resources, education and health promotion. He previously served as director of human resource services at Vanderbilt.

Dr. Patricia L. Clubb, vice president for campus services, said: “The university is very fortunate to have someone of the caliber of Kyle Cavanaugh coming in to lead human resources. He is highly regarded as one of the emerging national leaders in this area, and I believe he will bring a style of leadership and a depth of expertise that will serve the campus well.” A search committee chaired by Clubb recommended Cavanaugh for this position.

Cavanaugh was a participant in the AT&T Emerging Leaders Program at the Center for Executive Development in Cambridge, Mass., and has been honored by the Vanderbilt Leadership Development Forum. He has substantial experience in the areas of human resource information systems, employment, recruitment, payroll, employment law, benefits and employee relations and has a successful record of designing and implementing innovative human resource initiatives.

Cavanaugh will be taking the helm of the Office of Human Resources at a time of transition as the office is reorganized and modernized and systems are put in place allowing for more accessibility and efficiency. The appointment is a key part of ongoing changes in UT AustinÌs administrative structure designed by Dr. Larry R. Faulkner, UT Austin president. The changes, announced in early March, are aimed at placing a greater emphasis on improved service delivery and responsiveness and to permit the University to improve management of its resources.

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