The Passing of a Dear Colleague

Dear Business Affairs team, With a heavy heart, I share the news that Deadra Harvey passed away Saturday, April 29. In Deadra’s remarkable 35 years with the University of Florida, she was a steadfast presence with a quick wit and a big heart. Deadra and I met while I was in Facilities Services, and her coming aboard […]

Staff Spotlight: Cindy Mercado

Department: Environmental Health & Safety Bio: Cindy is the Lab Safety Program Manager for Environmental Health & Safety. She has a Master’s in Science with a concentration in Environmental Health and a Bachelor’s in Science with a concentration in Chemistry. Her professional experience spans a 21-year career in many diverse roles and settings including Forensic […]

Staff Spotlight: Francisco Oquendo

Department: Planning, Design & Construction (PD&C) Bio: Francisco is the Assistant Director of Construction in the Department of Planning, Design & Construction. Francisco has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and has been working at UF for the last 18 years. He began his journey as a project manager and now mentors and provides […]

Staff Spotlight: Susan Pratt

Department: University Police Department Bio: Susan has been with the University Police Department for over 28 years and is a certified law enforcement officer. She is currently one of the lead Polygraph Examiner and Crime Scene Investigator at the department, with a certification as an Evidence Specialist and a base in forensics. What’s an identity […]

Inner Road to close for construction

The University of Florida will close Inner Road to all traffic as of April 12, as previously outlined in the university’s comprehensive planning effort. The closure will allow for the replacement of aging underground utilities that support neighboring campus facilities, such as Broward and Newell Halls. Once the underground updates are complete, Inner Road will […]

Staff Spotlight: Desirae Wallace

Department: Small Business and Supplier Diversity (SBSD) Bio: Desirae is the Program Assistant for the department of Small Business & Supplier Diversity. She was born and raised in Gainesville and graduated from Buchholz High School. Desirae is currently pursuing an A.A. in Business Administration from Santa Fe College and desires to simultaneously pursue a career […]

Reminder to not block bike lanes, sidewalks, and other restricted areas

A routine safety review of vehicular movement on campus by the Office of Business Affairs has revealed an increase in vehicles temporarily parking on sidewalks, bike lanes, and otherwise restricted areas. This behavior interferes with accessibility for persons with disabilities, pedestrians, and cyclists, in addition to placing their safety at risk. Additionally, improperly parked vehicles […]

Staff Spotlight: Tara Hollow

Department: Office of Vice President for Business Affairs Bio: Tara is the Operations Manager for Permitting and Policies for the Vice President for Business Affairs. She graduated from UF in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science degree from CALS in Food and Resource Economics. Tara has been an employee at UF since 2014 and with […]

Congratulations to the 2023 Business Affairs Superior Accomplishment Award Winners

The following individuals are recipients of the 2023 Business Affairs, Division 7, Superior Accomplishment Awards. We congratulate them for their outstanding and meritorious service in their fields. In the Category of Support  Services: Crystal Dix Crystal is a Custodial Worker in the department of Facilities Services. She is always willing to help other employees and […]


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