Bylaws Revisions Accepted by the President's Office

Posted 5/28/2014

Structural changes in the university necessitated a revision of the council's bylaws.

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2014 Exempt Staff Council Officer Elections

Posted 5/28/2014

The Exempt Staff Council elected new officers at their meeting on May 21, 2014. We’d like to thank these members for offering their additional time and dedication to the council.

2014 Exempt Staff Council Elections

Posted 4/24/2014

The elections process is complete and the council would like to thank everyone who nominated someone, ran in the elections and voted. Your participation and willingness to be part of the council helps make us a representative body for all exempt staff.

Newly elected members to the council are:

  • Kate Burke (UST Libraries)
  • Joanie Kyllo (Opus College of Business Undergraduate Advising)
  • Margaret McKibbin (Opus College of Business Student Services)
  • Brad Pulles (Student Diversity and Inclusion Services)
  • Matt Wash (IRT Web Services)

Outgoing council members are:

  • Jill Akervik
  • Kristine Baker
  • Birdie Cunningham
  • Brooke Dierkhising
  • Kathy O’Neil

The Exempt Staff Council would like to thank everyone for their service and dedication.

Fall Exempt Staff Survey Results

Posted 2/4/2014

Thank you to everyone who completed our fall staff survey. Your feedback has helped the council to prioritize projects and better understand how we can best serve the needs of the exempt staff. In reviewing your responses, we found that most needs fit into three buckets: communication, human resources and events. In the coming months, the Exempt Staff Council plans to further breakdown this information into areas we can begin to improve upon. 


We heard from you that additional communication to staff about campus resources, events and news would be of interest. As a start, watch for an increase in information within our regular council email newsletters as well as work being done to help improve staff communication between campuses.

Human Resources Information and Policies

Many of you had questions related to vacation time, benefits, best practices for hiring and how to handle situations with a challenging co-worker, supervisors, etc. This information has been presented to HR and we plan to work with the human resources staff to help share where to find information about these topics and who to talk with if you have questions.


Lastly, we appreciate your great ideas for our upcoming events which we plan to continue. This is a work in progress. If you have additional ideas, please feel free to reach out to one of the ESC council members, email us or submit an anonymous request

HR Website and Resources

One of the main themes of the staff survey conducted last fall was the desire for more information about HR policies and resources. The HR website has been recently redesigned and there is a wealth of information to be found on the site. The council recommends looking there first as a resource for your HR-related questions.

On the site, you’ll find a toolkit for current employees including a link to vacation reporting, the employee handbook that has HR’s information regarding policies and addresses questions about absences from work, and a wealth of information about benefitshealth and wellnesstraining and development opportunities, and a library of HR forms.

Our Mission

The Exempt Staff Council serves as a forum for communication and collaboration and as an advisory body that will consider and make recommendations regarding, or otherwise seek to address, matters of common interest to its constituency, with the goal of advancing the mission of the University of St. Thomas.