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September 1, 2016

Pitt names HR head

HR.Johnson_0Cheryl L. Johnson has been appointed vice chancellor for Human Resources.

Johnson will lead Pitt’s Human Resources department and will be responsible for designing and administering employee benefits, compensation management, employee and labor relations, recruiting, talent acquisition and organization development, as well as the University Child Development Center.

She succeeds Ronald Frisch, associate vice chancellor for Human Resources, who retired July 1 after 21 years at Pitt.

Johnson comes to Pitt from Kansas State University, where she was vice president for human capital services. She previously worked in private industry as the chief operating officer of JVisions Inc. in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and as vice president at Meijer in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She also was a human resources leader at Wolverine World Wide, Inc.; Whirlpool; Textron Inc.’s Fluid Handling Products Division; and DuPont.

Johnson is a certified human resource professional and certified conflict mediator. She is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management, the International Society of Human Resource Management and The Links, Incorporated.

She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology at Oakland University, a Master of Labor and Industrial Relations degree at Michigan State, and attended the executive development program at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

In a prepared statement, Chancellor Patrick Gallagher said: “Cheryl is a highly experienced and respected global human resources expert, and we are confident she will inspire the Human Resources staff and elevate the department to a best-in-class organization that will add strategic value to the entire institution. She will play a key role in positioning Human Resources to support the University’s new five-year strategic plan.”

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