California State University (CSU) Chancellor Timothy P. White has appointed Melissa Bard as the system's vice chancellor for human resources. As the CSU system's chief human resources officer, Bard will serve as part of the chancellor's executive leadership team and oversee human resource management, labor and employee relations, statewide professional development, equal opportunity and whistleblower compliance, academic human resources and human resource policy development.
"As a long-serving human resources professional, Melissa brings exceptional experience in higher education from both a campus and system perspective," said CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White. "Her work as a thought leader and a strategic partner for the campuses will be critical to leveraging our strongest asset -- the 50,000 employees of the California State University."
"Not only is the CSU the largest system of senior higher education in the country, but it is striving to be the most diverse and inclusive," said Bard. "I look forward to working with faculty and staff to expand those efforts while providing exceptional educational opportunities for the university's nearly half-a-million students."
Bard joins the CSU from East Carolina University (ECU) where she has served as associate vice chancellor and chief human resources officer since 2014. At ECU her portfolio of responsibilities include HR administration, employment services, benefits, classification and compensation, HR information systems, employee relations, learning and organizational development and information processing services.
Bard's other higher education experience includes service in human resources capacities at Penn State University and Frederick Community College. She brings system-level experience having served as the Director of Human Resources for the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. Since 2004, Bard has also served as an adjunct member of the faculty at the universities for which she has held administrative positions.
Her other professional experience includes executive positions in the private sector for companies including Citigroup.
Bard earned a Bachelor of Science in Human Resources and a Master of Science in Human Resources Management, both from the University of Maryland University College.
Bard's appointment will be affirmed by the CSU Trustees during the upcoming May board meeting, and she will join the CSU Chancellor's Office June 26.