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Dear Campus Community,

I am delighted to share with you that Hayley Harris has accepted my offer to serve as Ithaca College’s new vice president for human and organizational development and planning, effective May 6, 2019. Hayley comes to IC from Cornell University, where she currently serves as human resources director of the university’s Research Division, which comprises over 25 research centers and administrative units.

Our search for this innovative position was ambitious and intentional, seeking a leader who has deep experience and a keen interest in human and organizational development, behavior, and culture, along with the core competencies that are necessary to lead a complicated division. This is a unique position at Ithaca College, and as a member of the senior leadership team, will report directly to me. I am excited to welcome Hayley to this new role and I am thrilled that she will be a part of the Ithaca College community.

Since joining Cornell in 2008, Hayley has served in a variety of strategic HR roles—partnering with deans, vice presidents, and vice provosts to advance the university’s mission. She has provided comprehensive, imaginative HR leadership in the areas of talent management, succession planning, recruitment and retention, compensation and classification, employee relations, and organizational development. She previously served for eight years in HR positions at Yale University.

Hayley brings to Ithaca College an intimate knowledge of academic culture, a deep understanding of the importance and practice of shared governance, and tremendous experience in facing today’s challenges in higher ed. She is the right leader at the right time for our college’s human and organizational development, especially since her work orchestrating and implementing complex initiatives will serve us well as we advance our strategic plan.

I invite you to read more about Hayley’s background and accomplishments in the college’s news story about her, and I hope you will join me in welcoming her to South Hill.

Finally, I want to offer my deepest gratitude to the search committee and its co-chairs, Diane Gayeski ’74, dean of the Roy H. Park School of Communications, and Marc Israel ’05, assistant provost for finance and administrative operations. The committee did an outstanding job in helping us identify and recruit an excellent HR leader who will be instrumental as we shape IC’s future, together.

All my best,

Shirley M. Collado
President

Sent via email on March 20, 2019.