The Benefits Advisory Committee (BAC) contributes to shared governance by providing a working committee that is representative of our employee composition, has a strong working knowledge of industry benefit offerings and is able to provide benchmarking against our peer institutions. This committee will provide comprehensive recommendations to the University’s Administration for employee benefits that should include short and long-term plans for benefits. It is an avenue to ensure the University is up-to-date on the challenges higher education and healthcare are facing and evaluate possible solutions.
To review, benchmark, and evaluate the University’s current fringe benefit package from a long-term perspective. Recommendations may include, but are not be limited to, the following:
- retirement benefit structures;
- healthcare, dental and vision plans;
- employee wellness plans;
- childcare availability and offerings in the area; and
- tuition benefits.
The objective of the advisory committee is to understand the University plans, conduct research, including industry benchmarks, and present related constituent views through open conversations with Administration and an awareness of the University’s financial constraints. The BAC may consider developing surveys and creating focus groups, when appropriate.
The advisory committee will present its recommendations, including supporting information, annually to the CFO and Senior Vice President for Administration and will update the CFO and key constituents quarterly. The BAC should offer several options with cost considerations for the employee/retiree/University.
Jane Berner, Retiree Representative (Staff)
Dave Chard, Director of Media Technology Services
Heather Guilbault, Manager of Benefits and Wellness
Renee Hiller, Director of Human Resources
Robert Hutchinson, Professor, Accounting
Sue Kerry, Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President for Administration
Thomas Merz, Professor, Economics
Suzanne Morin, Executive Director of Financial Services & Operations and Controller
Michael Mullins, Professor, Chemical Engineering
William Predebon, Department Chair, Mechanical Engineering – Engineering Mechanics
Nick Stevens, Director of Budget and Financial Planning
Crystal Verran, Director of Operations, UMC