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K-State Today

September 11, 2014

Letter from the V.P. for human capital: Restructuring status

Submitted by Cheryl Johnson

Dear K-State Community,

It is important to me that K-State faculty and staff remain knowledgeable about the restructuring status of the Division of Human Capital Services. I communicated in late August that our organization is undergoing a change where we are flattening the organization to reduce reporting relationships and transitioning from 13 to nine work-stream leaders. We also are placing significant emphasis on process improvement, especially as it relates to the hiring process.

It is important to note that while we are integrating work processes, each employee in the Division of Human Capital Services has a job at K-State. This is not a downsizing exercise.

This streamlined organization includes the following leadership positions:

  • Compensation and organizational effectiveness director
  • Talent acquisition director
  • Institutional equity director
  • Benefits director
  • Employee relations director
  • Labor relations director with special projects
  • Training and development director
  • Resource center and operations director

These position opportunities were posted internally and interested and qualified candidates were considered. In fact, about 49 percent of the candidate pool came from outside the existing human capital organization. The application process is closed but the selection committee is still working. We will notify campus as selections are made.

A cross-functional group of our colleagues make up the selection committee, which includes:

  • Jackie Hartman, chair
  • Andrea Blair, Office of Student Life
  • Mirta Chavez, Office of Diversity
  • Steve Dandaneau, undergraduate studies
  • Anand Desai, College of Business Administration
  • Kerry Jennings, housing and dining, University Support Staff Senate
  • Reagan Kays, Student Governing Association president
  • David Rintoul, Division of Biology, Faculty Senate president
  • Priscilla Roddy, College of Veterinary Medicine dean’s office
  • Mary Tolar, School of Leadership Studies
  • Marlene Walker, Salina, University Support Staff Senate
  • Zelia Wiley, College of Agriculture

We are pleased to announce that John Hanes has been appointed the director of compensation and organizational effectiveness. John currently serves as the compensation and classification manager and has served in this capacity for 15 months. He came to Kansas State University after contributing in the area of compensation and organizational effectiveness at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He attained a Master of Human Resources and Industrial Relations degree from the University of Illinois, a MBA from Auburn University and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Mississippi State University.

As the director of compensation and organizational effectiveness, John will be charged with providing strategic leadership and content expertise in the area of total rewards and organizational effectiveness as K-State transforms itself into an efficient, effective and integrated university with a focus on human capital. He will be responsible for the ongoing development and implementation of innovative, progressive and responsive total rewards solutions. John will be tasked to work collaboratively with Division of Human Capital Services' peers and stakeholders to develop and implement total rewards solutions that transform the university and propel the organization to the attainment of K-State 2025. John also is charged to develop his immediate staff and ensure customer centric service to our workforce and stakeholders.

Please join me in congratulating John, and feel free to contact me at cherylj2025@k-state.edu.

Cheryl Johnson
vice president for human capital