Executive Sponsor Group

Last updated: May 26, 2023
Audience: All UW

Purpose & Responsibilities

The Executive Sponsor Group provides executive-level direction, strategic alignment and investment for major changes in the domain and for this governance model.

Members are responsible for:

  • Strategic Alignment
    • Align high level plans and major changes in the domain with institutional strategic goals.
    • Ensure the success of the Workday ecosystem, consistent with the UW’s transformation goals in UW Finance Transformation and HR/Payroll Modernization.
    • Identify and prioritize changes in UW business processes, policies and organizations needed to meet institutional goals for the domain.
    • Identify and prioritize institutional risks that need to be addressed in this domain.
  • Direction
    • Prioritize major changes in the domain and resolve prioritization questions escalated from other levels of governance.
    • Provide other levels of governance with clear institutional priorities to guide their more detailed prioritization.
    • Identify and scope new programs.
  • Investment
    • When necessary, seek out appropriate levels of additional funding for work in this domain.
    • When needed, “pre-approve” urgent work that needs additional funding before that funding has been fully secured.
  • Governance
    • Provide executive sponsorship for the HR & Finance Workday Governance structure.
    • Ensure that the governance model is planned, resourced and reassessed over time.
    • Periodically review this governance model and plan improvements.
    • Among the participating units, plan the staffing of governance supporting functions.



  • Chair: Margaret Shepherd, Chief of Staff, Office of the President
  • Mark Richards, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, Office of the Provost (UWFT Program Sponsor)
  • Andreas Bohman, Vice President for Information Technology and CIO, UW-IT
  • Brian McCartan, Vice President for Finance, UW Finance
  • Chris Mercer, Executive Director, UW Finance Transformation
  • Eric Neil, Chief Information Officer, UW Medicine
  • Fredrick Nafukho, Vice Provost for Academic Personnel, Office of Academic Personnel
  • Jacqueline Cabe, Chief Financial Officer, UW Medicine
  • Mari Ostendorf, Vice Provost, Office of Research
  • Mindy Kornberg, Vice President, UW Human Resources
  • Sarah Norris Hall, Vice Provost, Office of Planning and Budgeting

With participation from Deloitte, Workday, Bluecrane and Internal Audit


The Executive Sponsor Group meets monthly, with more frequent meetings as needed during periods of high activity.