Julie Simpson Named Vice President of Human Resources at The University of Tennessee Medical Center

Julie Simpson VP Human ResourcesThe University of Tennessee Medical Center recently named Julie Simpson as Vice President of Human Resources.

In this position, Simpson is responsible for performance management, compensation, employee relations, recruiting and employment, benefits and payroll.

“Julie is an energetic HR professional with more than 20 years of global experience in talent acquisition, employee engagement, and strategic HR planning,” said Teresa Levey, Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer at UT Medical Center. “She is continually evaluating and improving recruiting efforts to improve processes and the quality of talent brought into the organization. We are excited about her plans and know she will do an exceptional job given her leadership skills and experience.”

The current Vice President of HR, Betty Gissel, plans to retire in April, after 40 years of service to the medical center. Simpson assumed the new role effective January 15, 2017, and will work with Gissel to ensure an orderly transition over the next three months Most recently, Simpson served as director of Recruiting and Employment at the medical center and in this role helped lead a recruiting team to attract top talent by developing sourcing plans and determining hiring requirements and resources needed to support the hiring needs of the medical center. Previously, she served a 20-year tenure with Alstom Power, Inc., which was later acquired by General Electric, most recently as a Regional HR Business Partner providing total HR support for up to four businesses with scientific and highly technical employees. 

“I am honored and look forward to the future in this dynamic environment,” said Simpson. “I appreciate the warm welcome from the staff and confidence they have shown in me as well as the guidance from Betty and the other senior leadership. I am excited to make an impact locally and look forward to supporting the organization’s talent.”

Simpson earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Management from University of Maryland and is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and SHRM-SCP. She and her husband, Michael, live in west Knoxville and have three children.

The mission of The University of Tennessee Medical Center, the region’s only hospital to achieve status as a Magnet recognized organization, is to serve through healing, education and discovery. UT Medical Center, a 609-bed, not-for-profit academic medical center, serves as a referral center for Eastern Tennessee, Southeast Kentucky and Western North Carolina. The medical center, the region’s only Level I Trauma Center, is one of the largest employers in Knoxville. For more information about The University of Tennessee Medical Center, visit online at www.utmedicalcenter.org.