Two appointed to president's cabinet


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Jill Bautista has been named vice president for operations, leading several operational teams, including Information Technology Services; University of AkronPolice Department; Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety; Capital Planning and Facilities Management; Compliance and Risk Management and the E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall. She previously served as the University's chief compliance and risk officer.

Bautista earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Environmental Science from Westminster College and a Juris Doctor from Pace University.

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As vice president, chief human resources officer, Sarah J. Kelly is responsible for leading all aspects of Human Resources including organizational development, compensation, talent acquisition, employee relations, labor relations, equal employment opportunities/affirmative action, HR records and benefits.

Kelly joined The University of Akron in 2000 and has served in multiple roles during her tenure. She assumed her current role in 2022.

She earned both a Bachelor of Science in Management and a Master of Public Administration from UA.