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Strategic Talent Group

Identify, Attract, and Engage Preeminent Talent

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Preeminence Through People

This is our vision. We are creating a competitive advantage for the university through people—strong individual contributors, high-functioning collaborators and teams, and excellent leaders—where their best work is encouraged, enabled, expected, and recognized.

The Strategic Talent Group is University of Florida’s internal search team. By identifying, attracting, and engaging the strongest talent, we contribute to the Gator Good. As an internal consulting group, our passion for UF and our understanding of the culture and values of the UF community enable us to find the very best to meet the particular needs of each recruitment engagement.

Our Services

The Strategic Talent Group partners with UF departments and units to identify, attract, and engage the best talent. We are committed to providing exceptional service by blending our institutional knowledge and insights into UF’s culture with premier recruitment practices. We understand your business needs and will work closely with you to develop a strategic talent search plan. And we strive to advance UF’s employer brand by facilitating positive and productive relationships with all applicants.

Consult & Develop a Strategy

We begin by talking with key individuals—unit leadership, search participants, and
other stakeholders—to understand the vision for the position, the unique culture of the department
or unit, and the characteristics and qualifications of an ideal candidate.

Research & Recruit Prospects

We build relationships by reaching out to potential sources and candidates in order
to find exceptional talent. We explore a variety of outlets and utilize different methods to search
peer institutions as well as private industry fields that align with the unit’s needs.

Review & Evaluate

The Strategic Talent Group initiates conversations with potential candidates to
gather essential information and lay the foundation for positive relationships. We share our
insights and advise the hiring department regarding interview selections.


We collaborate in the interview process by developing strategic methodologies to
facilitate the exchange of meaningful information between participants. Our team assists with campus
and community tours that speak to each candidate’s special interests.

Close the Deal

At the end of the search, our team provides data-driven recommendations for
compensation packages, and we assist with the administrative responsibilities needed to finalize the
recruitment process.

Contact Us

Strategic Hires

Michelle Smith

Assistant Dean for Inclusion

Michelle A. Smith, JD, will join UF to work with the Levin College of Law and the College of Health & Human Performance as the assistant dean for inclusion.

Strategic Hire

Hub Brown

Dean, UF College of Journalism and Communications

Hub Brown, associate dean and associate professor at the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, has been named dean of the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications, UF Provost Joe Glover announced today.

Strategic Hire

Dr. Scott Angle

Vice President for Agriculture and Natural Resources (UF/IFAS)

Dr. J. Scott Angle is a national leader in developing the science that supports food production and management of natural resources. As chief executive of the agriculture and environmental sciences arm of a leading land-grant university, he champions public science as a path to improve lives and reduce human suffering.

Strategic Hire

Michelle Smith

Assistant Dean for Inclusion

Michelle A. Smith, JD, will join UF to work with the Levin College of Law and the College of Health & Human Performance as the assistant dean for inclusion.

Strategic Hire

Peter Carpenter

Director, School of Theatre and Dance

Nancy Chrystal-Green

Assistant Vice President for Student Engagement

Osubi Craig

Center Director, College of the Arts

Antonio Farias

Chief Diversity Officer

Colleen Flage

Director of Executive Events, President’s Office

Romi Gutierrez

Director, University Press of Florida

Bill Hughes

Executive Director for Applied Research (in Real Estate)

Mark Kaplan

UF Vice President for Government and Community Relations

Steve Orlando

Assistant Vice President, Communications

Dhanesh Raniga

Chief Audit Executive

Joseph Souza

Director of Security and Technology

Andrew Telles

Director of Collaborative Initiatives

Current or Upcoming Searches

Director, Employee & Labor Relations

Dean for Extension and Director, Florida Cooperative Extension Service

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Dean, Graduate School and Associate Provost

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Assistant Vice President, University Controller

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Chief Diversity Officer

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Our Team

Melissa Curry

Melissa Curry

Assistant Vice President, Human Resources
(352) 273-1735

Audrey Gainey

Audrey Gainey

Director, Talent Acquisition & Onboarding
(352) 273-1706

John Sun

John Sun

Associate Director, Talent Acquisition & Onboarding
(352) 273-1734

Mercedes Swan

Mercedes Swan

(352) 273-1703

Amy Thomas

Amy Thomas

Talent and Engagement Consultant
(352) 273-1751