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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Announcement: Director of Human Resources and Equal Opportunity

Dear Campus Community,

Please join me in welcoming Melissa Honkola to the UMD community. Melissa has accepted the Director of Human Resources and Equal Opportunity position, and her first day on campus will be August 31.

Melissa provides a wealth of human resources and collective bargaining experience and is familiar with UMD and the Duluth area. She graduated from UMD with a degree in Business Administration and has worked in the Human Resources Department of St. Louis County for the last 15 years most recently as the Assistant Director.

As Director of Human Resources and Equal Opportunity, Melissa will oversee employment, compensation, training and development, labor relations, grievance processing, employee relations, workers' compensation, payroll, wellness, and ensuring compliance with all laws, statutes, and regulations including Equal Opportunity, Americans with Disabilities Act, Family and Medical Leave Act, Minnesota Government Data Practices Act.

I would like to thank the members of the search committee for their time and commitment in this very important role on campus. Members of the committee were:

Chair, Lisa Erwin, Vice Chancellor for Student Life and Dean of Students
Joe Artim, Director of LSBE Financial Markets Program
Betsy Behning, UMD Human Resources and Equal Opportunity
Nathan Ernst, Student Representative
Loretta Kragness, Teamster Representative
Mike Overline, HR Consulting Manager
Jill Pinkney Pastrana, Dean of CEHSP
Jean R. Perrault, Associate Professor and Director of Orchestras
Julie Smith, AFSCME Representative
Susana Woodward, Director of Office Cultural Diversity
Paula Rossi, Administrative Support

Please join me in welcoming Melissa to campus.


Lendley C. Black