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OU Names New Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer

OU Names New Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer

July 28, 2021

The University of Oklahoma announced today the appointment of Dorothy Anderson as vice president and chief human resources officer, pending OU Board of Regents’ approval.

With more than 30 years of experience in public education and over 15 years in human resources, Anderson will join OU on Aug. 30 from the University of New Mexico, where she serves as vice president for human resources. In this role, she is responsible for overseeing the delivery of HR services to over 9,000 faculty and staff on UNM’s main campus, its integrated academic health sciences center and four branch campuses, as well as providing the overall management and direction for the Division of Human Resources.

A national search was conducted for the position, attracting 21 qualified applicants. The search committee – made up of nine members, including representatives from the Provost’s Office; OU-Tulsa; Administration and Finance; OU Health Human Resources; Office of Legal Counsel for the Norman campus; Student Government Association; the Department of Biology; Staff Senate; the College of Arts and Sciences; and faculty from the Fran and Earl Ziegler College of Nursing and the College of Allied Health – interviewed five semifinalists, ultimately selecting three finalists. The search solicited feedback from both provosts, all college deans, Faculty Senate, Staff Senate and members of the executive team.

“We are thrilled to welcome Dorothy Anderson to the University of Oklahoma,” said OU President Joseph Harroz Jr. “Her extensive knowledge and significant leadership experience in higher education human resources, as well as her demonstrated ability to communicate effectively and build strategic collaborations to achieve institutional goals make her an outstanding choice to lead OU’s Human Resources.”

As vice president and chief human resources officer, Anderson will lead the creation and direction of human resources strategies that develop and retain a highly motivated, diverse and effective workforce. She also will have responsibility for ensuring that human resources processes are clearly established and communicated, as well as fostering a culture that enables faculty, staff, trainees, volunteers and students to do impactful work across the university’s campuses and program locations.

While at the University of New Mexico, Anderson has led the transformation of its Division of Human Resources by ensuring timely, high-quality service and by establishing a division-wide strategic plan with people-first goals and objectives. Her responsibilities include overseeing a budget of over $7 million and leading a team of more than 70 central HR employees. Anderson also has oversight of UNM’s $77 million self-funded health benefit plan, which covers more than 13,000 active employees, their dependents and retirees. She has served on a number of university leadership committees, including the budget leadership team and the faculty and staff benefits committee.

Prior to joining UNM, Anderson held a variety of positions at her alma mater – New Mexico State University – including human resources director and interim assistant vice president for HR. In these roles, she helped develop university-wide compensation guidelines, redesigned performance evaluations for exempt and nonexempt staff, and completed a full employee dependent audit that resulted in an estimated annual savings of over $250,000.

“Throughout her long tenure as an HR professional, Dorothy Anderson has consistently demonstrated sound leadership and management abilities,” said OU Vice Provost for Health Sciences Administration Jill Raines, who chaired the search committee. “Her expertise and enthusiasm will propel OU Human Resources forward as it works to achieve strategic goals that advance the overall mission of the university.”

Anderson began her career at Las Cruces Public Schools, where she served in a variety of roles for more than 16 years. She is a member of the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources, Society for Human Resources Management, and Society of Higher Education Human Resources Executives.

Anderson earned a bachelor of science in education and a master of arts in educational administration from New Mexico State University.

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