Gator Business Administrator Services (GBAS)

The Office of the Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in partnership with the Vice President of Human Resources is proud to sponsor Gator Business Administrator Services (GBAS).

GBAS is a professional development program designed to help business administrators working in colleges, departments and units be more effective in their jobs. This professional support focuses on the job skills and expertise of employees in the areas of finance, research administration (both pre- and post-award), reporting and human resources.

To keep up-to-date with GBAS news and events, email gcadwallader@ufl.edu to be added to the GBAS listserv.

The GBAS Story

View a video about how GBAS created a professional development path for a business administrator’s success at the University of Florida.

GBAS History

GBAS began in 2010 as a partnership between the Office of the CFO, UFHR Training and Organizational Development (T&OD), and dedicated business administrators across UF.

Barbara Mitola serves as the GBAS director. A UF employee since 2001, Barb is currently the assistant director of human resources for the College of the Arts. In 2013, Barb was awarded the GBAS Credential, and she has served on the GBAS Advisory Council since August 2014. She received national certification as a Professional in Human Resources in 2014.

Gwynn Cadwallader of UFHR T&OD serves as GBAS training manager.

Mission

GBAS works in partnership with the academic and administrative management of the University of Florida to recruit, develop and sustain a network of top-quality business professionals who provide efficient and effective financial and administrative services and solutions, focused on unit-level needs and university-wide objectives.

“The GBAS program has grown and surpassed my original vision, due in large part to the partnership between my office, UFHR’s T&OD team and the Advisory Council.”      
— Mike McKee

Advisory Council

GBAS has a network of dedicated business professionals from across campus who serve as advisors to ensure the program stays true to its mission.

Current GBAS Advisory Council members

Carolyn LeBron, Administrative Services Coordinator 4, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Cynthia Brochu, Assistant Director of Finance, Health Affairs Administration
Keith Gouin, Director of Finance IFAS Extension
Nicola Heredia, Assistant Director, Procurement Services
Jeff Pole, Director of Finance, Journalism and Communication
Kim Rovansek, College of Public Health and Health Professions, Assistant Director of Finance

Past council members and directors

Meena Thiyagarajah, College of Engineering
JoAnn Davis, IFAS Shared Services Centers
Todd Fraser, College of Nursing
Brian Keith, George A. Smathers Libraries
Mary Anne Morgan, IFAS
Dorothea Roebuck, College of Health and Human Performance
Deb Staats, GBAS Director, 2012–2015
Andrea Burne, College of Public Health and Health Professions
Bonnie Cauthon, UFIT
Tracy Phillips, College of Health and Human Performance
Donna Del Buco, Division of Student Affairs
Crystal Lee, College of Design, Construction and Planning
Kathy Thrasher, College of Medicine