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New administrators join the University


Three key administrative positions were recently filled at the University. Stanley Byrd, an organizational development specialist, has been named manager of human resource organizational development with a special emphasis on diversity issues; John Barden has been named director of administrative computing services, a division of Information Technology Services; and Fran Weisberg '75, the former president and CEO of Lifespan of Greater Rochester, Inc., has been named director of government relations for the University.

"Stanley Byrd joins the University to support our objective to become an increasingly inclusive community," says Chuck Murphy, associate vice president for human resources. "His efforts at the University will be devoted to the creation and enhancement of programs that encourage diversity in hiring, as well as a broad understanding of diversity issues among our workforce, throughout the divisions."

Murphy said that in his first few months Byrd will be "mapping out strategy and tactics for the campuses, including the Medical Center."

Byrd has been a trainer, facilitator, and consultant affiliated with the National Coalition Building Institute and has offered consulting services to more than 25 local agencies on issues of diversity and prejudice reduction.


Barden, who began his new position with ITS in mid-November, has been a senior manager in the Enterprise Solutions Division of BearingPoint since 2002. At BearingPoint, he worked on a variety of large-scale projects for institutions of higher education, health care, telecommunications, and publishing, among other clients.


"John Barden has considerable experience in building enterprise systems and implementing improvements to the IT systems of large organizations," says Vice Provost and Chief Information Officer Mely Tynan. "We're very glad to have him join us."

Also joining the University is Weisberg, who has been president and CEO of Lifespan since 1994, and previously was health care reform coordinator for the Monroe County Legal Assistance Corporation and Greater Upstate Law Project. Earlier in her career, she was program director for the Monroe County Long Term Care Ombudsman Program, Regional Council on Aging. From 1988 to 1992, she served as chair of the Monroe County Democratic Committee.

"Fran Weisberg is a University graduate with a keen understanding of the University's contributions to the greater community," says Peter Robinson, executive director of government relations, to whom Weisberg will report. "She will be a great resource to us in our continuing relations with government officials at the local, state, and federal levels."

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