Acknowledging John Vitali’s Retirement; Announcing New Partnership, 12/8/20

Acknowledging John Vitali’s Retirement; Announcing New Partnership, 12/8/20

Dear Drew faculty and staff,

I’m writing today to formally acknowledge the upcoming retirement of John Vitali, Vice President for Finance and Administration, on June 30, 2021. This will not come as a surprise to many of you, who have known of John’s retirement plans since he confirmed them last summer.

John joined Drew in 2016. Under his leadership, the Finance and Administration organization grew to encompass a reorganized Facilities and Campus Operations team and the new Auxiliary Services team. In addition to leading the units within Finance and Administration, John provides senior staff support to the Board of Trustees committees for audit, finance, buildings and grounds, and investments. In the short time I have worked with him, I have come to know him as a dedicated professional. Drew has benefitted from his expertise, and, when the time comes, I know you will join me in wishing him well in this next chapter.

Knowing of John’s upcoming retirement plans has allowed us to take a close look at some of the areas under his leadership in a different way and assess the best way forward for Drew. Today I want to share with you a decision resulting from that assessment.

Drew has entered into a partnership with Oasis, one of the nation’s leading Professional Employer Organizations (PEOs). A PEO partners with institutions and companies to provide Employee Benefits, Payroll Administration, Human Resources, and other services to employees, all under one outsourced umbrella. In other words, Oasis will provide increased access to employee benefits, programs, and services, as well as work closely with each of you to take care of many Payroll and Human Resources–related administrative tasks.

I understand you may have many questions about this transition and how it will affect you. It is important for you to read the emails you will be receiving in the near future, which will include information on:

  • Oasis orientations, currently scheduled for the week of December 14, where you will learn much more about what Oasis will offer to you.

  • Step-by-step instructions for on-boarding completion so that you continue to receive your paychecks and your benefits.

This is a great opportunity for Drew and its employees, and we are excited about moving forward with our Oasis partnership. We will stay in touch with you over these next two weeks with further information about Oasis, along with other staffing and organizational changes at Drew.

With continued appreciation for your dedicated service to Drew,

Tom Schwarz