WVU President David C. Hardesty, Jr. has announced a reorganization of existing personnel in support of human resources. To this end, he has approved the appointment of Margaret R. Phillips as vice president for human resources, as recommended by Vice President for Administration and Finance Narvel G. Weese, Jr.
Phillips’appointment takes effect on July 1. She has served as chief of staff at WVU since October 2001 and been a WVU employee since 1981.
“Few people are as qualified and prepared for the challenges of this new position as Margie Phillips,”Hardesty said.”While I’m reluctant to lose her as a critical member of the team in the Office of the President, the human resources function is important enough to the future of the University that I support this change.”
Hardesty said more than 60 percent of the WVU operating budget is invested in human resources.
“The Board of Governors has asked me to make the human resources area one of the institution’s top priorities for this year, and this is an important step in that regard,”he said.
Weese said Phillips has a combination of experience and skills that make her especially well qualified for this new position.
“Margie spent almost 15 years in the Department of Human Resources before moving to the University’s central administration in 1996,”Weese said.”Her experiences in the Office of the President and in the Office of the Vice President for Institutional Advancement have provided her with an understanding of how the University operates and what is needed to make changes.
�€?Human resources services at WVU , like most higher education institutions, need to experience a transformation to better serve the needs of the University and its employees. I’m confident that Margie can lead that change,”he added.
Phillips said,”I’m excited to return to human resources and work with the staff there. Working together, I’m certain that we can meet the challenges of transforming the human resources function for the good of WVU employees. I am also confident we can create a customer-centered human resource unit with the capacity to address emerging issues such as health care costs, life-cycle benefits, external regulations, increased competition for employees and compensation alternatives.”
The position of assistant vice president for human resources was changed to that of a vice president because of the growing importance of this function, Weese noted.
“The competitive job market for highly skilled employees combined with the number of anticipated retirements, make it critical to develop a human resources function capable of recruiting and retaining the knowledge and talent of a world class work force,”Weese said.
In her position of chief of staff, Phillips served as the principal executive assistant and advisor to the president, providing oversight and coordination for several units that report to the president including Intercollegiate Athletics, Internal Audit, Alumni Association, Social Justice and General Counsel.
She served as assistant to the vice president for institutional advancement from 1996-2001, assuming the added responsibility of deputy chief of staff in 1999.
While employed in Human Resources, Phillips served as a compensation analyst, manager of classification and compensation administration and interim assistant director.
With the change in Phillips’role, the President’s Office will be reorganized with existing administrators.
Vice President for Institutional Advancement Christine Martin will assume responsibility for the Office of Trademark Licensing and the Stewart Hall Expert Business Office. She will also serve as the president’s liaison with the WVU Alumni Association.
Her title will change to Vice President for University Advancement and Marketing to better match the title of similar positions at other universities.
Martin joined WVU as assistant professor of journalism in 2000 and served as interim dean of the School of Journalism from 1999-2000 and dean from 2000-2004. She was appointed vice president in 2004.
Special Assistant to the President David Miller will take on the expanded responsibilities for local, regional and state governmental relations. He will continue to have legislative liaison responsibilities, coordinate federal relations and work with city and county leaders on special town-gown initiatives.
His new title will be Executive Officer for Government and Community Relations to reflect his expanded role.
Miller is a former teacher, principal, state deputy commissioner of agriculture and member of the West Virginia House of Delegates and West Virginia State Senate.
Deputy Chief of Staff Jennifer Fisher will assume the role of the University’s chief of staff. As such, she will be a senior advisor to the president and the executive team. Dr. Fisher’s other responsibilities will include special projects and initiatives with University-wide impact, student government liaison, overall management of the president’s office, supervision of the parent advocacy function and presidential liaison with the departments of Internal Audit, Intercollegiate Athletics and Social Justice.
Dr. Fisher, whose Ph.D is in political science/public policy, has been employed at WVU since 1993. She began her career at WVU in the Office of the Vice President for Administration and Finance and later moved to the President’s Office in 1995 as assistant to the chief of staff.
“We need to address the human resources area and Margie is the right person at the right time,�€? Hardesty added. �€?I am pleased we are able to adjust duties within the administration to keep our team together.”