UF Acquires Talent From UAB & Within

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UF Acquires Talent From UAB & Within

The University of Florida Department of Recreational Sports has welcomed two new faces to Aquatics and Risk Management. The duo brings a breadth of aquatic as well as risk management knowledge and experience. Jill Faull, formerly of UF New Student and Family Programs, has a unique aquatics background stemming from open water lifesaving (Rehoboth Beach Patrol, Delaware). Michelle December, formerly of UAB and UGA, has diverse aquatic experience at both large and mid-sized universities. The pair succeeds the long tenure of Diane James, previously with the department for over 20 years.

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Jill and Michelle are eager to dive into the continuing enhancement of the programs and services uniquely offered across four indoor and outdoor pools. They plan to tackle two significant initiatives within the coming year. First, working to strengthen the Private Swim Lesson Program. A solid foundation was implemented by previous leadership. The new goal is to enhance processes through the use of collaboration and technology to set up the already well-established program to flourish. Besides streamlining the request and registration processes, initial goals include working in tandem with Membership Services staff to provide superior customer service from start to finish. The program is set to reopen requests for Spring 2020.

UF Acquires Talent From UAB & Within
The Universities newly acquired talent plans to do more than skim the surface

Faull and December also aim to reinvigorate the department-wide risk management program which supports about 600 student employees. Besides continuing education resources, enhancements of initiatives such as equipment safety inspections, staff skill audits, and emergency response drills, are just a few items on the docket for the upcoming year. In order to implement such initiatives, it will take a large team. With the support of a graduate assistant and undergraduate intern, strategic efforts are well underway to redesign and recruit for student Safety Associate positions.

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What makes this change in leadership extremely unique, is in the positions themselves. Jill and Michelle have the rare opportunity to step into a role with an abundantly rich history. A role, spanning more than 40 years, which only two other individuals can say they have held. This fresh, new team is excited and willing to welcome all the challenges and triumphs approaching the year ahead.

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36 thoughts on “UF Acquires Talent From UAB & Within”
  1. That’s great. I’m glad they’ve recruited some new talent. Hopefully these changes will help improve our industry.

  2. The upcoming changes to UF sounds very promising . Wish them all the best and may they bring success to the team.

  3. It is good that they are recruiting students who can practice first hand what they have learned in University. Supporting students and offering them jobs should be the goal of more and more companies.

    1. Thanks for the support, Joanna! Universities are providing great opportunities for students to turn something they love into a career – I’m a product of it!

  4. Congratulations to the new recruits and being a new members of the team. They will contribute good for the development of many projects.

    1. Thanks for the support, Blairvillanueva! Our new team is excited for all the new projects we’ll get to work on.

    1. Thanks for the support, Kimmy! Both of us are very excited to be in such unique positions here at UF.

    1. Thanks for the support! We are excited to see what all we can accomplish together here at UF

  5. Best wishes to the new team. I hope their initiative and fresh outlook will help to bring desired changes. It’s a great start to strengthen the old plans and work better on security.

    1. Thanks for the support! Our new team is excited to implement changes and see their impact over time

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