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About the TMO

As a result of the university-medical center split, VUIT and VUMC IT are implementing several major transition projects in parallel. In order to reduce risk and successfully finish each project, the TMO pursues comprehensive program management to accomplish the following:

  • Guide project planning and be the central node for project approval, funding, and milestone decisions
  • Manage project dependencies
  • Identify and mitigate resource constraints
  • Elevate project risks and conflicts for resolution through structured governance

Rich Germano

Rich Germano is the Assistant Vice Chancellor of Information Technology and the Chief IT Transition Executive, responsible for leadership of the division's split-related management. Prior to this role, Rich was the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Planning and Operations Management in the Division of Administration.

Germano joined Vanderbilt in May 2004 as the Senior Director and Chief Operating Officer for Information Technology Services before committing to a number of role expansions that saw him also leading Human Resources management and Business Services. Before joining Vanderbilt, Germano was a Senior Vice President at Bank of America.

He received a B.A. from AIU and a Master's of Science from Boston University as well as certifications for Six Sigma Greenbelt, the PMP, ITIL, and the Chancellor's Leadership Academy at Vanderbilt. He lives in Nashville with his wife, Lisa, and son, Luca.

Fran Spurrier

Fran Spurrier is the Director of the Transition Management Office for Vanderbilt IT, responsible for the day-to-day operations of the division's split-related activity. Prior to this, she served as the Associate Director of Practice Improvement and was responsible for the strategic consulting practice, specializing in higher education and management consulting solutions.

Spurrier joined Vanderbilt in 2005 as the IT Process Improvement Manager for Information Technology Services before finding her way into Vanderbilt’s Human Resource department and then the Division of Administration Strategy and Planning department from 2008 to 2014. Before joining Vanderbilt, Fran was a Vice President at Bank of America in Charlotte, NC.

She received her B.A. from Winthrop University and holds certifications for Six Sigma Greenbelt and the PMP. She lives in Nashville with her daughter, Mac.

Ben Frazee

Ben Frazee is a Principal IT Consultant leading strategy for Vanderbilt IT. Prior to this role, Ben worked with the VUIT Practice Improvement team, where he led transformation initiatives across the institution.

Having graduated with a B.A. in History from Purdue University in Indiana, Ben joined Vanderbilt University as a graduate assistant for the Division of Administration Strategy and Planning department while working on his M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration in Vanderbilt’s Peabody College. Upon completion of his coursework, he joined the team full-time.

Ben lives in Mt. Juliet, TN with his wife, Allison, their daughter, Callie Mae, and their dog, Dexter.

Dylan Platz

Dylan Platz is a Senior IT Consultant in the Transition Management Office for Vanderbilt Information Technology, where he functions in a number of different roles for projects relating to the split. Prior to this role, Dylan worked with the VUIT Practice Improvement team helping lead initiatives throughout Vanderbilt University and Medical Center.

Platz joined Vanderbilt University in July of 2014 only a few months before the split was announced. Before joining, Dylan graduated with a B.A. in English, with a focus on Technical Communications and Creative Writing, from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

Dylan lives in Murfreesboro, TN with his wife, Katie.

Jack Jackson

Jack Jackson is an IT Consultant in the Transition Management Office for Vanderbilt Information Technology.

Jackson joined Vanderbilt in April of 2017. Before joining, Jack graduated with a B.A. in Anthropology, with a focus in Political Economy and Linguistics from Wake Forest University. Jack worked in banking, as a marketing and sales assistant at Wake Forest University and held a number of managerial positions in retail. Jack is currently working towards an MBA with a focus in Management Information Systems. Jack lives in Nashville, TN.

Kristine McClellan

Kristine McClellan is an Executive Assistant providing support for the SkyVU Project team and the Transition Management Office with Vanderbilt Information Technology.

Kristine joined Vanderbilt University in December of 2015. Prior to joining Vanderbilt, Kristine worked in the logistics business for eight years with Con-way Freight as a customer service representative and freight operations supervisor in Nashville, Orlando, and Atlanta. Kristine has a B.S. in Mass Communications, with an emphasis in Public Relations and Marketing from Middle Tennessee State University.

Kristine lives in Chapel Hill, TN with her husband, Andy, and son, Brady.