Office of the Vice President

paula_photo_2013Paula Varnes Fussell, Vice President for Human Resource Services

Paula has more than 29 years of financial and administrative experience in higher education—23 years with the University of Florida.

As Vice President, Paula oversees HRS areas including employee and labor relations, faculty and staff training, compensation and benefits, recruitment, employment, classification, retirement, complaints, transfers, leaves, workers’ compensation, and the HRS Service Center.

The Vice President’s Office also manages Institutional Equity & Diversity at the university, BabyGator childcare services, the Privacy Office, and the HR Forum—a monthly meeting to keep HR staff throughout campus informed of relevant news and developments.

Paula holds an MBA from Nova University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Florida.


 portrait_Jodi Gentry, Assistant Vice President for Human Resource Services

As assistant vice president for Human Resources, Jodi Gentry oversees UF Training and Organizational DevelopmentClassification and Compensation, and HRS Communications. In this role, Jodi works to create greater alignment among these—and other HR systems—by moving the university toward a more coordinated performance management approach.

With more than 20 years of related experience, Jodi regularly leads change management engagement efforts for high-level institutional initiatives and has an established track record of successful change implementation, following a three-phase approach (inform, engage, prepare). Jodi also is experienced at strategic program development and assessment.

In her role, Jodi supports performance, accountability and achievement at the university by recommending, developing and implementing appropriate organizational development activities for vice presidential areas, colleges, departments and divisions. She also serves as director of the university’s Advanced Leadership for Academics and Professionals program, which is designed to develop existing faculty and professional leaders at UF, and regularly serves as an executive or managerial coach for leaders on campus.

Jodi has a Master of Arts in Mass Communication, specializing in public relations, from the University of Florida and a bachelor’s degree in English from Berea College in Kentucky.