TSS - February 2022 News and Announcements

February 2022 News and Announcements

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First Published  :Fri Apr 01 20:11:33 GMT 2022
Last Modified  :Thu Jul 07 14:01:39 GMT 2022
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    02.16.22  TSS Executive Director

    Dear Colleagues,

    I am delighted to announce the appointment of Chris Durham as Executive Director of Tufts Support Services (TSS) for Tufts University. Reporting to our Executive Director and University Controller, James Walsh, Chris will manage the entire TSS team, overseeing the financial operations processes, including payroll, accounts payable, and travel, as well as all related customer service.  Chris will be responsible for establishing strategy, procedures, and policies to guide TSS’ continued evolution toward a customer-focused organization with a goal of administrative excellence.

    Chris comes to us most recently as the Assistant Director of HR/Payroll and Merchant Services at MIT, where he has served for nine years.  In his current role, he is responsible for payroll for over 20,000 employees totaling $1.6 billion annually.  Before his tenure at MIT, Chris worked for Fidelity in Corporate Finance and Employer Services for 17 years.

    In his experiences at MIT, Chris has evolved the HR/Payroll systems, processes, and organization to be efficient and customer-centric, focusing on continually developing staff and organizational capacity.  He is highly regarded for his collaborative style, understanding of enterprise systems, and complex compliance requirements.  He excels at supporting and developing diverse talent. 
    Chris earned an MBA in Finance, Marketing, and Economics from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Middlebury College. After his undergraduate studies, Chris served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mauritania West Africa for two years.  

    Chris will begin his position on March 14, 2022. Please join us in welcoming him to Tufts.

    James Hurley
    James Walsh

    02/03/22 BCBS Health Plan - Upcoming Pharmacy Benefit Webinars


    Dear Colleague,

    As an enrolled subscriber on a Faculty/Staff BCBS health plan through Tufts University, we wanted to inform you of upcoming webinars that will be conducted by BCBS.

    The webinars will provide a brief overview of the pharmacy benefits available on our BCBS health plans. Listed below are the webinar sessions timeslots for you to choose from. All sessions will present the same information, so you can choose which session works best for your schedule.

    To attend, please use this link and register in advance: https://well-b.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_a4WocAAzTKWNMNcWfQHC0A

    BCBS Pharmacy Benefit Live Sessions
    These are 30-minute webinars, and the same material will be presented at each session. 
    You can choose to attend one or more of the following sessions (all times are US Eastern Time):

    Monday, Feb 7: 10am, 2pm
    Tuesday, Feb 8: 10am, 2pm
    Wednesday, Feb 9: 9am, 12pm
    Monday, Feb 14: 11am, 1pm
    Tuesday, Feb 15: 2pm
    Thursday, Feb 17:  11am, 1pm

    As a reminder, members can call  BCBS Member Services at 888-261-0133 (Mon-Fri 8am-6pm EST) for any health or pharmacy plan questions.


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