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‘UGA Journeys: Navigating Your Career Path’ supports staff professional growth 

Tuesday, September 12, 2023



Vice Presidents, Deans, Department Heads, and Directors


Juanita W. Hicks, Senior Associate Vice President of Human Resources and Chief HR Officer  


‘UGA Journeys: Navigating Your Career Path’ supports staff professional growth


University Human Resources is excited to introduce UGA Journeys.  

UGA Journeys is a multi-year project aiming to modernize career development for university staff and individuals who serve in supervisory roles. When this new program is implemented in Jan. 2025, it will provide a continuous career development model built to improve transparency, engagement, retention, and growth. Through professional development, career pathing, and other strategies, this program will empower UGA team members to pursue their professional goals more efficiently and effectively than ever before. 

The Journeys program will include the following features and benefits:

  • Clear career paths that are easy to understand so staff can pursue the best paths for themselves.

  • Professional development resources and opportunities that help staff grow in their current roles and better prepare them for future roles when opportunities arise.

  • An enhanced performance management process and tool to encourage growth conversations around performance, based on the core and leadership competencies from UGA’s staff competency model (PDF).  

University Human Resources is working closely with HR liaisons in every school, college, and unit to ensure the successful implementation of this program university wide.

The UGA Journeys executive sponsors include President Jere W. Morehead, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Jack Hu, Vice President for Finance and Administration Ryan Nesbit, and me. The project sponsors are James Shore, Senior Associate Vice President for Finance and Administration, and Tamara Freeman, Deputy Director for Human Resources.

At the University of Georgia, our greatest resource is our people. UGA Journeys aims to encourage our staff members’ ambitions and provide them with pathways and resources to work toward their professional goals. This program will help ensure that UGA continues to attract and retain the best team members by investing in their futures.  

More information, including a timeline and FAQs, can be found at If you have questions, please contact All UGA faculty and staff will receive a similar message via Archnews tomorrow.



Administrative Memos are coordinated through the Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost. For more information, contact Mike Wooten,