By Carrie Lake
Linda Harber has been named assistant vice president for Human Resources (HR) and chief human resources officer. Harber has an abundance of experience in higher education and most recently was the executive director of human resources at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). She will begin Sept. 2.
“We are pleased to have been able to attract someone of the caliber of Linda Harber, and I know she is equally enthused about joining the George Mason family,” says Maurice Scherrens, senior vice president. “Not only does she have a wealth of higher education experience in Virginia, she also has established an outstanding national reputation in human resources.”
During her 25-year career at VCU, Harber held several positions including employee relations director and coordinator of training and development. As executive director, her accomplishments include assisting the Medical College of Virginia Hospitals in its transition from a state agency to a public authority; helping lead Virginia in total compensation plan redesign as a member of the Technical Advisory Committee of the State Commission on Reform of the Classified Compensation Plan; and developing Virtual HR, a series of electronic communications and processing to replace traditional paperwork.
Her leadership experience includes work as an HR consultant for the Florida State University Management Review Team and several positions with the College and University Personnel Association (CUPA). In 2002, she won CUPA’s award for HR Practices.
“The human resource issues facing faculty and staff in organizations like George Mason University continue to get more complicated, and the need for effective personnel management and timely professional development and training has never been more critical,” says Scherrens. “With the support of a dedicated, hard-working university HR staff, I believe Linda Harber will provide us strong human resource leadership.”
Harber holds a M.S. in counseling for post-secondary education from the University of Kansas and a B.A. in psychology from Indiana University.