Kentucky's flagship public university has appointed Tony Belak, a prominent mediation and dispute resolution expert, to head its Office of the Ombuds. Belak will take over from Dennis Hall, who has served as UofL's interim Ombudsperson since the office was established in 2009 in response to an embezzlement scandal involving a former dean and allegations of a broken grievance process.
As the Organizational Ombuds for UofL, Belak will provide informal, impartial, and confidential dispute resolution services for staff and faculty (but not students). The office has been established to conform with best practices promulgated by the International Ombudsman Association.
Belak most recently served as the Executive Director of the International Center for Collaborative Solutions at Sullivan University in Louisville. He has been Senior Dispute Resolution Counsel for the Department of Veterans Affairs, president of the Federal ADR Council, Inc., president of the Federal Bar Association, Kentucky Chapter, chair of the Louisville and Kentucky Bar Association's ADR Committees/Sections, and president of the Mediation Association of Kentucky. He has been a member of the faculty for the Master of Science in Dispute Resolution program at Sullivan University and has taught courses at UofL's Brandeis School of Law and the Indiana University Southeast College of Business. (UofL Today; LinkedIn; Mediate.com.)