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 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 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.
Jennifer Mobley-Harris is the Associate Director of Project Management for Vanderbilt University’s Department of Information Technology (VUIT). In this role, Jennifer oversees project workflow governance in addition to the management of Planview, the capacity and resource planning tool used within VUIT and VUMC IT.
She has been a part of the Vanderbilt for more than 20 years where she has advanced through many departments, becoming well equipped to lead such a robust team. Jennifer has held a vital position in VUIT for over 16 years where she was able to work on a plethora of initiatives from streamlining processes, leading large programs and software implementations to enhance the organization’s business process operations, all of which have helped shape IT governance at Vanderbilt University. For the TMO, she will use her skills to lead the Directory Services program.
Jennifer earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and Finance from the University of Tennessee, Martin.
Heather Mitchell is a Principal IT Consultant working with the Transition Management Office on Project Genesis as a technical lead. Prior to this, she managed a wide variety of platforms and applications as a server administrator, and led the end-user support team at the Owen Graduate School of Management and Divinity School.
Heather joined Vanderbilt in June of 2005, after working for 6 years as a UNIX admin, Oracle DBA, and PBX administrator at Wofford College in South Carolina. She has an M.A. in English Literature from the University of Georgia, and B.A from MacMurray College.
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.
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 sons, Brady and Nolan.
Whitney Harris is a Business Analyst supporting the Genesis program to implement a VU-only authentication environment. Prior to this role, Whitney worked in the Project Management Office supporting various projects and initiatives for the University.
Whitney joined Vanderbilt University in June of 2016. Before joining, Whitney worked for SunTrust for 5 years in both Nashville and Richmond, VA. Whitney has a B.S. in Journalism and Mass Communication, with a focus in Broadcast production from North Carolina A&T State University.