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A Word From Human Resources

Leadership Development Program Launched

Commencement is a wonderful time of year that signifies a new beginning for Rensselaer graduates. Some of our students will continue with their education while others will pursue employment opportunities by competing in a globalized marketplace. Today, the demand for outstanding talent far exceeds the supply for employers in virtually every industry. A recent cover story that appeared in The Economist supports this sentiment by saying, “The talent war has gone global.”

As Rensselaer continues to recruit world-class, high-end technical and scientific talent to educate the next generation of engineers, scientists, artists, economists, architects, and managers, we, too, must compete globally and develop effective programs to strengthen our existing workforce.

The Division of Human Resources, in collaboration with Aon Hewitt, the world’s top global human resource consulting firm, has created a Leadership Talent Development Program for academic and administrative leaders across all portfolios. The intent of the program is to provide our leaders with practical and specific skills, knowledge, abilities, and competencies to prepare them to navigate through the complexities of higher education. In addition, the program will assist with the creation of an effective succession plan that will be crucial in ensuring the health and vitality of the Institute in the years to come.

Before the fall semester, we will select our first cohort of academic and administrative leaders who will participate in the 12-month development program. The general consensus among employers is the old paradigm of “people are our most valuable asset,” but now, employers must ensure that the right people are in the right place at the right time for today and tomorrow.

With 29,000 colleagues in over 90 countries around the world, Aon Hewitt has access to the widest breadth and depth of research, platforms, and services, in more locations and for more industry segments than any other human capital firm. In addition, the company serves over half of the world’s Fortune 500 organizations.

Today, many successful organizations are studying leadership trends and preparing for the future by making significant investment in their talent. As we continue to move forward in our goal of becoming a world-class technological research university with global reach and global impact, it is important to imbue our leaders with the skills and expertise needed for continued growth and future achievements.

Congratulations to our graduates and their families, and I extend to our faculty and staff best wishes for a safe and enjoyable summer!


Curtis Powell, SPHR
Vice President for Human Resources

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Volume 5, Number 11, June 17, 2011
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