UT Professional Staff Association

History of the UT Professional Staff Association


Former UT President Horton
formally recognized the PSA
in 1992 after encouraging
its development.

President McComas created the Administrative Appeals group in 1985 to establish hearing grievance procedures for the professional staff.

In 1991, President Horton expressed a desire to enhance and restructure this group for the purpose of creating an organization that would serve as a sounding board for ideas, a pool of resources and act as a conduit to enhance two-way communication.

Professional staff members, who were eager to serve in an advisory capacity to the President and to assist him when requested, welcomed the concept. Members also appreciated the formal recognition of this constituency, which was comprised of program coordinators, directors, managers, vice-presidents, deans, executive secretaries and supervisors.

By1992 the group was officially recognized by the University, given the title of the Professional Staff Association and had elected a governing Council. Two Council members were Presidential appointees. Members began to take advantage of the opportunities afforded by the Association to network with colleagues, to engage in sharing ideas, and to offer solutions to concerns.


PSA mILESTONES:

  • Established the Professional Staff Sick Leave Bank (1996)
  • Introduced a flexible benefits spending plan (1996)
  • Created The Link, a Newsletter for members (1996)
  • Implemented annual PSA Outstanding Staff awards (1997)
  • Created and published the first informational webpage for PSA members (1999)
  • Added PSA Membership Committee (1999)
  • Added Sick Leave Bank Committee (2004) 
  • Launched a new PSA website (2004)
  • Redesigned the PSA newsletter as The Voice (2005)
  • Developed the Frank E. Horton Staff Award (2016)
  • Added Fundraising Committee (2017)
  • Created Treasurer position on Professional Staff Council (2017)
Last Updated: 1/11/18