James will take over day-to-day operations while her predecessor, Diane Hymore, assumes a new role as director of administrative operations for the president and the senior leadership team.
“I’m pleased to be working with Patty, and I know she will excel in her new role as a key liaison for me between constituents inside and external to the University,” Jacobs said.
“Diane has run the President’s Office with incredible precision and poise during the last six years, but especially during this time of transition, I need to spread her talents across the offices of the senior leadership team,” Jacobs added.
Sabrina Nabors, resources coordinator, will continue to support the president, as well as assist James and Hymore.
Those who were at UT prior to the 2006 merger with the former Medical University of Ohio will remember James from her previous stint in University Hall Room 3500 as the receptionist and scheduling coordinator for then President Dan Johnson.
After the merger, James became executive secretary to William Logie, vice president for human resources and campus safety, from 2006 to 2011, and she maintained her role as executive secretary to the leadership in Human Resources and Talent Development following Logie’s 2011 retirement.