Metropolitan State University reorganizes human resources division

In the wake of a payroll crisis, the administration of Metropolitan State University in St. Paul has reorganized the leadership of its human resources division.

Metro State President Sue Hammersmith this week held a series of open discussions with faculty. Late Friday afternoon, she sent a brief email to the faculty listserv indicating that Sue Raddatz will serve as interim chief human resources officer until a permanent division head is found.

“A search for a permanent Chief Human Resources Officer will be initiated in the next several months,” Hammersmith wrote.

Raddatz, formerly of Dakota County Technical College, replaces Edna Comedy, who will be conducting a project on “advancing underrepresented talent,” according to Hammersmith’s notice to faculty. Comedy was the third person to lead the division in the past two years.

Raddatz is the former chief human resources officer at Dakota County Technical College in Rosemount. Hammersmith’s announcement called her “a human resources professional who brings 37 years of experience in education to our University.”

The crisis began in early September when at least two dozen instructors went to pick up lump-sum summer paychecks that should have amounted to $5,000 or more but instead received as little as $8, if anything at all. Faculty were later informed that salary step increases that were supposed to begin in July may not roll out until October.

The school is pursuing a payroll audit throughout its four campuses in St. Paul, Minneapolis and Brooklyn Park. School officials have said they’ve caught up with payments for summer faculty, but some instructors say payroll problems continue.

The Inter Faculty Organization, the collective bargaining representative for faculty at Metro State, recently voted to present the administration with a series of additional demands, including a request to have internal and external auditors verify the past six years of all faculty compensation and benefits.

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The Buller Group Participates in Inaugural Blackstone Veterans Hiring Summit

RESTON, VA–(Marketwired – September 26, 2013) – Earlier this week human resources experts from The Buller Group addressed Blackstone’s inaugural Veterans Hiring Summit regarding the hiring of military veterans across the private equity firm’s portfolio companies.

In support of the White House’s “Joining Forces” initiative, Blackstone committed to hiring 50,000 American veterans across its portfolio of 78 companies over the next five years. The summit was designed to help Chief Human Resource Officers within Blackstone’s portfolio companies learn to hire and retain veterans and to help the U.S. Military and veterans organizations learn how they can help facilitate this recruitment initiative.

Emily King, Vice President of Veteran Transitions at The Buller Group, was among a small, elite group of executives chosen to speak at the summit. With more than a decade of experience working with private sector organizations that want to attract and retain top military talent, she presented “Keys to a Successful Veteran Hiring Initiative.” King is a nationally recognized expert in the transition of military veterans to the civilian workforce and author of the first ever guide for civilian private sector organizations, “Field Tested: Recruiting, Managing & Retaining Veterans” (AMACOM 2012).

“Our Buller Group team was delighted to support the launch of Blackstone’s veteran hiring initiative by sharing our insight and expertise about making such programs work,” said King. “We share a commitment to doing it right the first time through thoughtful planning and flawless execution. We look forward to continuing to support Blackstone and its portfolio companies as they pursue their goal of hiring 50,000 veterans.”

In addition to King and CHROs from a variety of Blackstone portfolio companies, the summit featured Col. Rich Morales, Executive Director of Joining Forces at the Office of the First Lady, Col. Robert Yost, Director of the U.S. Army’s Transition Strategic Outreach Office, Curtis L. Coy, Deputy Under Secretary for Economic Opportunity at the Department of Veterans Affairs, and Terry Gerton, Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Veterans Employment and Training Service (VETS) at the Department of Labor.

To learn more about how to advance your veteran hiring initiative(s), contact The Buller Group Veteran Transitions at transitions@bullergroup.com.

About The Buller Group
The Buller Group develops integrated human capital solutions that are customized to support critical programs in the public and private sectors. By blending Staffing and Recruiting, we rapidly fulfill clients’ most critical human capital needs, protecting the investment with Advisory Services that include Veteran Transition. Headquartered in Reston, VA, with global offices in London and Dubai, The Buller Group has been successfully delivering critical personnel internationally for over a decade. Further information is available at www.bullergroup.com.

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