As FRIB Chief of Staff, Sue Spaniolo oversees the Office Management Group, including the office support, travel, and project support functions. She works with all functions within the Business Support Organization to develop, implement, and improve business processes that support the delivery of project scope on schedule, within budget, and performed with exemplary quality and safety. Reporting to the project manager, she is the FRIB point of contact for interactions with the MSU and local communities.
Sue's career experience spans budget management, human resource administration, strategic planning, IT applications, and business operations of a university. Using her combined training and experience in business and computer science, she has worked with several leaders as a strategic advisor with emphasis on creative and analytical problem-solving, and building and fostering a culture of high performance in varied organizations.
As the director of business operations for the MSU College of Communication Arts and Sciences, Sue had a critical role in virtually all operations of the college. She was responsible for implementing a function-based staff structure in mid-2010, while also leading the implementation of the university’s new finance and HR/payroll system within the college, which launched in early 2011. When public media stations WKAR-FM/AM and WKAR TV joined the college in mid-2011, Sue assumed the additional role of the WKAR Business Office manager, working in concert with the dean and others to eliminate a seven-figure deficit. This was accomplished within two years through effective fiscal and resource management and enhanced revenue generation.
In addition to managing a more than $70-million-dollar all-funds budget portfolio for the college, Sue oversaw human resources administration for the college’s more than 300 faculty, staff, and student employees. She was the lead administrator for the college’s support staff structure, and also oversaw the WKAR Development Office. She also served on the dean’s core leadership team and played a central role in the annual fall and spring strategic planning processes.
Beyond her FRIB responsibilities, Sue participates in university service activities, such as working with central support units in the implementation of new business systems and high-level policies, advising administrators across campus on function-based staff structures, serving on search committees for university-level positions, and participating on a review team to assess and assist in resolving problems in low-performing units on campus.