The inaugural meeting of the Tennessee Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC) was hosted at Vanderbilt University on Thursday, April 10, supported by a grant from HERC’s central office.
Vanderbilt leaders Traci Nordberg, Chief HR Officer and Associate Vice Chancellor and Richard McCarty, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost both gave rousing opening remarks about the need for a consortium that will help institutions in the region collaborate on dual-career hiring issues. HERC’s Executive Director, Nancy Aebersold and HERC Board Member and Assistant Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity at Harvard University, Elizabeth Ancarana both spoke about the value of HERC membership, particularly in assisting dual-career couples and increasing the diversity of applicant pools.
Participants from the following 15 institutions were in attendance:
- Austin Peay State University
- Belmont University
- Christian Brothers University
- LeMoyne Owen College
- Lipscomb University
- Meharry Medical College
- Nossi College of Art
- Rhodes College
- Tennessee State University
- Tenessee Independent Colleges and Universities Association
- Trevecca Nazarene University
- University of Tennessee, Chattanooga
- University of Tennessee, Knoxville
- UT Health Sciences Center – Memphis
- Vanderbilt University
An Advisory Board was formed at the meeting consisting of:
- Janet Rachel, Talent Acquisition Manager, Diversity, Relocation, Career Navigation, Vanderbilt University
- Jewell Winn, Chief Diversity Officer, Tennessee State University
- John Zomchick, Vice Provost for Faculty Affiars, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
- Donna Gwaltney, Senior Human Resources Generalist, Belmont University
- Dax Gomez, Career Services Director, Nossi College of Art
- Claire Shapiro, Director of Human Resources, Rhodes College
With continued support and collaboration from institutions in Tennessee, the TN HERC plans to officially launch in September 2014. For more information about joining the TN HERC, contact Janet Rachel.
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