Message from the Vice President for Human Resources | Kent State University

Message from the Vice President for Human Resources

Appointed Vice President for the Division of Human Resources in September 2016, F. Jack Witt is responsible for leading the Division of Human Resources in its mission of attracting, retaining, and developing a community of talented and diverse individuals in support of the university’s Excellence Agenda.

The division works to attain the university diversity and inclusion agenda by working with hiring authorities to recruit and retain talented and diverse faculty and staff and create a welcoming, affirming, and empowering culture of respect and inclusion. The division promotes leading practices in developing and recognizing outstanding faculty and staff, as well as enhancing communications to employees at all campuses. The division further strives to serve as consultant, partner, and advisor to all departments on a wide range of compliance and non-compliance issues; facilitates professional development of employees; and promotes effective employee communication in the university community.

Currently, the division is focused on growing a robust university-wide wellness program to support the work and personal lives of faculty and staff in their efforts to be productive members of a vibrant university community.

The division is comprised of the departments of Benefits, Communications, Compensation, Employee/Labor Relations, Equal Opportunity & Affirmative Action, HR Outreach & Initiatives, Records, Talent Acquisition and Training & Development.