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HR Leadership Team designed to improve service, help you meet your goals

As a Purdue supervisor, the Human Resources Leadership Team is here to support you.

Vice President for Human Resources Luis Lewin is dedicated to changing HR from a transaction-focused, reactive organization to one that is proactive, strategic and customer-centric. He has designed and staffed his leadership team to meet these goals.

  • Pam Nesbitt supports areas reporting through the provost in the newly created position of HR director of academic units. She provides HR consulting and strategic planning services to deans, vice provosts, department heads and others.
  • Brenda Coulson serves as the director of talent acquisition, another newly designed position. In this role, she leads Purdue's efforts to recruit key administrative and professional staff as well as those with specialized skills.
  • Kevin Vedder heads up the HR Service Center, a one-stop support unit, centrally located to manage all transactions, beginning with benefits and leaves and adding others, such as salary administration and employment, over time. When someone calls the HR Service Center, a single staff member will be able to assist with a variety of topics, instead of having to transfer the customer to other areas.

    In addition, centralizing and automating more transactions through the HR Service Center will allow staff in other HR areas to concentrate on their core responsibilities, thus serving all employees better.
  • Adedayo Adeniyi directs the new Leadership and Organizational Development area, formerly Training and Development. LOD is working on several initiatives, including career pathing, succession planning, a performance management tool and pre-supervisory, supervisory and managerial training.
  • Melissa Reardon Henry has joined the HR staff as the director of Employee Relations. Her area is your strategic partner in creating and maintaining a fair and equitable campus environment.

Lewin has merged the benefits and compensation areas under one director and is currently working to fill this position. The benefits area works with representatives and experts across the University to recommend strategies for managing the University's health care budget while continuing to provide high quality health care for employees and their families. The director will also focus on strategic compensation and classification issues.

The following positions and their leadership carried forward into the new HR structure:

  • Tom Bachmann, HR director, University Development and Office of Marketing & Media
  • Judy Casey, business manager
  • Cheryl Gray, manager, HR Information and Technology Services
  • Rita Jackson, administrative assistant to Vice President Lewin
  • Jackie Wilson, director, Human Resources for Information Technology

For contact information, photos, and additional details about areas of responsibility, visit the HR Leadership page.

- Nancy Rodibaugh, senior communication specialist

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