Hunt, originally from northern Virginia, joined UT after thirteen years in a similar role at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.
“Julie is responsible for overseeing our compensation and employee records functions. This includes not only establishing a best practice approach within these areas, but also identifying where we can provide enhanced support,” said Mary Lucal, associate vice chancellor for the Knoxville campus HR office. “She brings a wealth of experience from several institutions of higher education and emphasizes a consultative approach to her work. We are thrilled that she has joined our HR team.”
Hunt said the role appeals to her because she enjoys analyzing processes and improving efficiencies, and she “loves data.”
“I enjoy telling stories with data—as the old saying goes ‘a picture is worth a thousand words,'” she said. “In HR, this is also true, especially when we can provide the data to support decision making.”
Working at UT “is also a great professional opportunity for me to do what I love to do—build relationships and help others appreciate the value HR has in the strategic vision and mission,” she said. “If we in HR are doing what we do well, then it frees others to do what they do well, and together we accomplish greater things.”
In addition to her time at William and Mary, Hunt has held personnel and HR positions at Old Dominion University and Christopher Newport University.
“I love working in higher education because there is an energy on college campuses that you don’t get working in private industry,” she said. “The variety of people and jobs we have the privilege to work with just doesn’t compare; it’s like a mini-city and there are always new challenges on the horizon.”
On her visit to Knoxville to interview for the position, she said she “quickly learned that everyone I encountered loved Knoxville and particularly UT.”
Outside of her time at work, she enjoys exploring Knoxville’s arts and cultural scene, hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains, and spending time with her daughter and two sons.