General Session

Session 1David G

Teams That Cook Know How To Handle The Heat, David Gleason


As baseball great Casey Stengel said, “Getting good players is easy. Getting ‘em to play together is the hard part.” Casey understood what every workplace manager and employee needs to understand—teamwork is hard work. One of the greatest threats to any team is unrecognized, unaddressed, and unresolved conflict. In this session, we will define the nature of workplace conflict, examine common approaches to conflict, identify personal tendencies we may have when responding to conflict and consider action steps to take when we detect conflict that threatens the integrity and effectiveness of a team. Participants will learn that even the best teams are not conflict free—they just know how to handle the heat.

Speaker Bio:

David Gleason has 20+ years’ experience working in in the public and private sector, for-profit, not-for-profit, business, government, and academic sectors.  His experiences include training, teaching and community education, public speaking, program management, human resources management, employee relations, counseling, coaching and private consulting.  In April of 2014 David retired as Director of Employee Relations, Organizational Development and Training from the Office of Human Resources for the University of Texas at Dallas so he could travel and teach at pedagogical universities in Eastern Europe and Russia. He has recently returned to full time work as an Associate Director of Employee Relations for NTT Data, one of the largest global information technology services companies in the world.

Session 2Penny hi res photo 2017

“P3 Relationships”

Panelists:  Bill Harris, Chief Procurement Officer, University of Kentucky; James Frazier, Executive Director for Risk Management & Administrative Services, University of Kentucky; Brooke Davis, Finance & Business Analyst, University of Kentucky.

Moderator:  Penny Cox, Associate Vice President for Administration, University of Kentucky

Moderator Bio:

Penny Cox is currently Associate Vice President for Administration in the office of the Executive Vice President for Finance & Administration at the University of Kentucky.  She manages the P3 contracts for housing and dining, Auxiliary Services, and the Boone Center & UK’s Spindletop Hall.  She began work at UK in 1972 and has 44+ years of progressively responsible positions – including Housing Project Implementation Director, Associate VP Information Technology, Assistant Dean in the College of Dentistry, and Housing Director.  She earned both her bachelor’s degree ‘81 and M.B.A ’83 from UK.

Panelist Bio:

Bill Harris has over 30 years’ experience in public purchasing and currently serves as the Director of Purchasing at the University of Kentucky. Prior to joining the University of Kentucky, he served as Chief Procurement Officer of the University of Missouri System and was responsible for purchasing, accounts payable, central stores and asset management of four campuses. Bill served as President of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Educational Procurement (NAEP).  The Universal Public Purchasing Certification Council has designated him as a Certified Public Purchasing Officer (CPPO).


James Frazier is currently the Executive Director for Risk Management and Administrative Services at the University of Kentucky. He manages the Risk Management, Supply Center, Surplus and Key Shop Offices. He previously served as the Director for Process Improvement and Risk Analysis at UK.  James began his career in higher education working in the athletic departments at East Carolina University from 1995 to 1996 and the University of Houston from 1996 to 2000. In 2001, he transitioned to the Office of Procurement Services at LSU where he held several supervisory positions including Associate Director.  A native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, he earned his bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University.  He obtained his Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB) certification in 2008.

James Frazier

Brooke Davis is currently a Financial and Business Analyst in the office of the Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration at the University of Kentucky. She conducts financial analysis, P3 contract administration, project management, and benchmark research. Brooke earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Kentucky in 2016 and is just finishing her first year in the field of Higher Education.

Brooke Davis