UNCP hires Barkett
as Human Resources Director
L.A. Barkett has been hired as Director for the Office of Human
Resources (HR) at UNC Pembroke.
Barkett has over
20 years experience in a variety of HR management settings, including
higher education. Before joining UNCP, she was Director of Employment
at UNC Chapel Hill.
At UNCP, Barkett
will be responsible for overseeing all personnel activities for the
University with a staff of six. Her duties include administering benefits,
recruitment, training, employee recognition and compliance with state
and federal mandates.
The new HR Director
reports to Neil Hawk, Vice Chancellor for Business Affairs.
"I think UNCP
is very fortunate to hire a person with the higher education experience
that Mrs. Barkett has accumulated during her career," Hawk said.
"I believe she will have a positive impact on the human resource
services that we offer and will quickly introduce new ways to better
serve our employees. I'm excited about the opportunity to work with
Pam on improving all aspects of human resource services.
Barkett said the
HR field is driven by constantly changing state and federal regulations.
many issues that need to be reviewed going forward because personnel
policies are always changing," she said. "I have a generalist
background in human resources, and I enjoy all areas of the profession."
Barkett said UNCP
represents an attractive opportunity because of its planned growth,
that is being fueled by rapid enrollment and employment growth.
this position because there is a real opportunity for me at UNCP to
make a difference on a campus this size, and I wanted to be a part of
the success story that is UNC Pembroke today," Barkett said.
There are several
important goals for the future of her office, Barkett said.
"We will be
part of the Banner implementation, a new software which will help us
manage personnel and benefits," she said. "During the next
year, we will be working on a new state compensation system, career
"We also look
forward to the opportunity to offer new training and employee recognition
programs, along with the continuing policy review," she said. "Working
with the Staff Council is also very high on my list."
In her position
at UNC-Chapel Hill, Barkett directed the workforce planning and recruitment
Hill, we never had fewer than 450 job vacancies at any one time,"
she said. "When I got there, we had over 800 vacancies.
"My job was
to streamline the recruitment process," she said. "We implemented
a new requisition tracking system, which was the first phase of a new
job posting and applicant tracking system."
A Baltimore native,
Barkett has five children and stepchildren and two grandchildren. Her
husband, Jake, has accepted a position teaching math and coaching basketball
at South Robeson High School.
A Business Administration
graduate of Towson University, Barkett earned a Master's degree in Organizational
Development/Human Resources from Johns Hopkins University.
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