Thriving Workplace Initiative

The Division of Administration & Finance is proud to participate in the University’s Thriving Workplace Initiative (TWI). This initiative, sponsored by the Office of the President, is dedicated to making the University of Maryland “the best place to work.” The Thriving Workplace Initiative is viewed as a strategic investment in the University’s staff and faculty to ensure that their voices are heard and that they feel valued for their important work.

In order to assess the current state of UMD’s organizational culture, the University enlisted Gallup to administer a short survey about workplace satisfaction, engagement, inclusiveness and organizational culture. In spring 2016, the survey was distributed to all faculty and staff members, and garnered over 6,000 responses (a 54% response rate!).  The survey was administered again in 2017 and garnered over 7,300 responses, and in 2019, with over 6,500 responses.

The Office of the Vice President convened a work group in 2016 to discuss ways in which the Division can take action on the survey results. The TWI Work Group, now in its third iteration, continues to discuss best practices, identify successes and challenges for the Division, and provide supervisors with helpful resources.

2019 Work Group Members:

Shelby Byrd               University Human Resources

Mary Coughlin         Facilities Management

Andreas Dangin        Environmental Safety, Sustainability & Risk

Rushad S. Dastur      Transportation Services

Umar Farooq            Finance

Neville D George       Facilities Management

Amanda Long           Transportation Services

Kristi Miller              Facilities Management

Tyler Parsons            Procurement & Strategic Sourcing

David Richardson       Public Safety

Richard Scott Rupert  Facilities Management





THANK YOU for participating in the 2019 Thriving Workplace Initiative (TWI) survey!