Vice President of Human Resources Search
Message from President Gabel
The University of Minnesota’s greatest asset is our people, and through the strategic work of our Vice President for Human Resources, we are committed to cultivating and championing our talent, while fostering a welcoming community that values belonging, equity, diversity, and dignity in people and ideas.
My expectations for this position are high, and I feel strongly that the Vice President for Human Resources position is critical to our success, as reflected in my decision to have the position report directly to me. However, the previous search effort did not result in a successful hire. Therefore, I have decided to postpone the search until further notice, and will keep you posted about next steps in the coming year. I appreciate your engagement in the search process, and especially want to thank the search committee for their hard work and dedication in recruiting and screening candidates for this position.
In consultation with University leaders and representative stakeholders, I have decided that it is best to move forward with an interim appointment. Ken Horstman, Senior Director of Total Compensation, will serve as Interim Vice President for Human Resources, effective January 6, 2020. Many of you already know Ken, who has an extensive background as a human resources leader and practitioner in both private and public sectors, and has proven to be a thoughtful and collaborative partner. Ken will report directly to me, serve as a member of the president’s cabinet, and will be expected to work closely with senior leaders, faculty, staff, and students across the system to identify and advance critical priorities for the year ahead. I look forward to working closely with Ken, and with all of you, to further this work.
Finally, I want to thank Kathy Brown for her many years of leadership at the University, and for her willingness to remain in the position through the end of this calendar year while we conducted the search. Kathy will be working closely with Ken and with me to ensure a smooth transition, for which we are extremely grateful.
- December 5, 2019 - Announcement by President Gabel
- April 18, 2019 - Charge letter released
- April 9, 2019 - Launch of search
- March 14, 2019 - Announcement of search
Reporting to the President and an active member of the Senior Leadership Team, the Vice President of Human Resources will be a strategic doer focused on cultivating and championing our greatest asset - our people. This individual will be deeply dedicated to employee well-being while valuing this positive investment and its direct ties to our central mission.
For More Information
For more information about the search process, please contact:
Liz Eull, Chief of Staff, Office of the Senior Vice President for Finance and Operations
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