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I want to begin this report by expressing gratitude to Traci Ellis, our Chief Human Resources, Chief Equity Officer and Chief Legal Officer, who will be retiring at the end of November. We are both excited to congratulate her and also saddened about her departure as she has been an invaluable colleague with a solid track record of wisdom and guidance. She established a structure for transforming HR to a key strategic partner ensuring organizational design and thought leadership to Cabinet and the Senior Leadership Team. In addition, she has ensured we have followed legal guidelines, including acting as the Co-Chief Labor Relations Negotiator with outside counsel, as well as ensuring IMSA policies have been updated and procedures followed as Board Secretary. Traci has been instrumental in leading our advancement in Equity and Excellence through the Board policy development, co-creation of, and implementation of our Equity and Excellence plan. More information about HR support and restructuring Traci's other roles into the future will be forthcoming later this month. For now, please join me in expressing appreciation for Traci’s contributions and thanking her for her service to the academy throughout the month of November.



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