College & Professional Schools Leadership
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Karla Williams has worked at the University of Kansas for over 20 years, previously working as the Director of Financial Operations and Human Resources in the School of Business. As the Director in the College and Professional Schools Shared Service Center, Karla is responsible for cultivating an environment of customer service and providing customized support to the units served.
Karla serves as a member of the College and Professional Schools Shared Services Advisory Board, which meets quarterly to evaluate how well the Shared Service Center is meeting its commitments to departments and units, and to quickly address any lapses in service. Karla maintains close connections to the Deans, Directors and Chairs of the units her Shared Service Center serves.
Karla is also committed to the growth and development of her staff and works closely with the central departments to improve policy and coordinate training.
Ruth Allenbrand has been employed at the University of Kansas for over 20 years, previously working as an Accountant in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Budget Office. Ruth brings 13 years of experience from her work in the CLAS Budget Office, as well as her knowledge of the needs of the College units.
As a manager in the College and Professional Schools Shared Service Center, Ruth will focus on ensuring staff provide first-rate customer service to departments in the Humanities and the School of the Arts.
CPS Finance Manager
Joel Hood brings over twenty years of experience in financial services and support. He has been with KU since 2008 and has an extensive knowledge of the systems and processing of financial transactions. As a manager in the College and Professional Schools Shared Service Center, he will apply all of his knowledge and his commitment to superior customer service to support the LAS Departments.
In addition, he will continue to interface with Purchasing, the College Dean’s Office, and other campus organizations to ensure the LAS Departments can meet their missions.
CPS Finance Manager
Kristi Thompson began working at The University of Kansas in 2001. Kristi brings over 12 years of experience related to budgeting and accounting at the University from her work as Business Manager for the office of Business & Financial Planning.
As a manager in the College and Professional Schools Shared Service Center, Kristi will apply all of her knowledge of the budgeting systems and her extensive knowledge of the State and University policies to support the departments within the Social and Behavioral Sciences and International & Interdisciplinary Studies. Kristi will provide support and oversight to the finance staff and ensure that departments are receiving outstanding customer service from the SSC.
CPS HR Manager
Jessica Johnson has been with the University since 2007. She started at the Spencer Museum of Art, eventually taking on Human Resources and Payroll roles there. In 2012, she moved to the Recruitment & Onboarding Center (ROC) and has been providing HR support to departments in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences ever since, first with student employment and then with staff and faculty.
As manager, Jessica will continue to use her knowledge of HR and CLAS to support the SSC’s departments and to provide guidance to staff to ensure a high level of service to our customers.
CPS Research Manager
Diane Etzel-Wise has been associated with the University of Kansas since 2003, first as a GRA / PhD student in the School of Social Welfare, then as a Compliance Officer at KU Office of Research – Research Integrity unit. She continued working for the Office of Compliance at KU Medical Center in the Human Research Protection Program before returning to the Lawrence campus in this role as Research Manager for the College and Professional Schools Shared Service Center. Prior to her connection with KU, she served as the Executive Director of Kansas Statewide Homeless Coalition, Assistant Professor at the University of Central Missouri, and administrative roles at community mental health centers in Kansas.
As Research Manager, Diane will collaborate with the SSC grant coordinators, principle investigators, research staff and students, and the Office of Research to ensure efficient post–award navigation of sponsored projects awarded to researchers in the College and Professional Schools.