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Steve Sosland

Chief People Officer

My key initiatives are to create a sustainable values-based culture; elevate our HR functions on all campuses to fully support the university's mission; and design and implement development programs for faculty, staff, and administrators throughout TTUHSC.

My goals for TTUHSC are to accomplish these initiatives and serve as a role model and champion for our values-based culture and organization. 




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As of August 20, 2018

We began our journey to create a sustainable values-based culture on May 2-3, 2018.  We invited 104 diverse HSC team members to a Values Summit where we developed a draft of the core values we commonly share and the behaviors that indicate when we are living them.

Next, we held over 90 listening tours on all our campuses and most of our managed care locations where more than 2600 HSC team members gave their input and helped us edit the document. Now, it is up to each of us to review the final statement of Our Values Based Culture and hold ourselves and others accountable to live these values each day.

We are excited to begin our campaign to introduce Our Values Based Culture to all our constituents – faculty, staff, students, patients and community members. Developing the list of values and behaviors is just our first step. We are forming five Values Integration Teams to help us integrate our values into our daily work and processes. Each of the following teams is focused on helping us accomplish the goals outlined in the TTUHSC 2020 Strategic Plan

  •    People Growth and Development Team
  •    Employer of Choice Team
  •    Recruitment and Retention Team
  •    Recognition and Awards Team
  •    Brand and Communications Team

Please contact Helen Davenport, our People & Culture Advocate, at (806) 743-2005 or to join one of our integration teams.

Let’s work hard to recognize those who are living our values. Together, we will change our culture and make a positive impact on our students, patients, the TTUHSC community and each other.

Warm regards,




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(Click the Values Summit logo above to watch the video) 


As members of the TTUHSC Values-Based Culture, we are now accountable to live our Values. If you choose, you may print and complete the attached Values Pledge. When completed, please bring the document to your local HR team to pick up a compass rose lapel pin.  By wearing the pin, we are reminding team members and others with whom we interact, that we would like them to hold us accountable.

TTUHSC Values Pledge 


Based on the objectives and strategies of the TTUHSC 2020 Strategic Plan, we have formed five Values Integration Teams to ensure we accomplish our Strategic People Goals by August 31, 2020.

The purpose of the Values Integration Teams is to deeply embed our culture into our team, and integrate the Values into our processes and decisions.

Each Team has an executive champion and one or two team leaders who are subject matter experts. Team members represent the entire organization.

Membership on any Values Integration Team has a term limit, and we will be looking for new team members to continue this work. If you have interest in being a member of one the teams, please contact Helen Davenport to ask to be added to the candidate list. As a membership slot becomes available, you will be contacted by one of the team leaders to request your current availability. Time commitment is one monthly meeting as well as individual research/tasks. You will not be required to travel for face to face meetings. Meetings can be conducted using Zoom or a similar online meeting interface.

Thoughts and Readings

In the introduction of her new 2018 book, Dare to Lead, author Brené Brown summarizes interviews with 150 global C-level leaders on the future of leadership. Here are a few of the questions and responses.

Dare to Lead - Introduction

Ann Rhoades and Gayle Watson of People Ink are facilitating our Values Summit. While serving as the Chief People Officer of Southwest Airlines, Ann led their effort to create a sustainable values-based culture there. I highly encourage everyone to read Ann's book Built on Values.

Built on Values - Book Summary