Inside Rensselaer
Volume 6, No. 3, February 17, 2012

Curtis Powell

Curtis Powell

A Word From Human Resources
Who's Who in Human Resources

When you join Rensselaer as an employee, your career takes on the unique opportunity of working at a dynamic, research-driven educational enterprise—top-tier, world-class, technological research university that has consistently ranked among the top 50 universities in the nation. The Division of Human Resources has always believed that faculty and staff are our most valuable resources. We know that our faculty and staff play a pivotal role in accomplishing the goals of The Rensselaer Plan.

It is our mission “to create a collaborative partnership with each portfolio that will enable our employees to achieve excellence and job satisfaction in their work.”

As with any organization, the quality of its people will determine its success. I am fortunate to lead a team of experienced human resources (HR) professionals who are always prepared to assist faculty
and staff both professionally and personally. In fact, 100 percent of the HR leadership team holds
specialized certification and, 90 percent have received certification and acknowledgement from the Human Resource Certification Institute as “having met with distinction, the high standards of education, experience and demonstrated knowledge of Human Resource management.”

To help answer any questions, following are individuals you may contact.

If you require assistance with or have questions about benefits or retirement programs, contact Louis Padula, director of benefits and retirement and human resources information systems, at Lou and his team will provide assistance with health and welfare plans, retirement, tuition scholarships, leaves of absence, wellness programs, and workers' compensation.

If you have questions regarding Rensselaer's salary and wage programs, performance management, merit process, classification standards, job titles, or career ladders contact Anne Bilynsky, director of compensation and employment, at

For information about employment issues, including applicant screening, extensions and rehires, search waivers, position approvals, new hire processing, new employee orientation and immigration needs, contact Kathy McNamara, manager of employment operations, at

Employee relations matters such as policy and procedure interpretation, conflicts of interest and commitment, affirmative action, disciplinary
protocols, exit interviews, or grievances should be directed to Larry Hardy, director of human resources, at

For information regarding professional development opportunities at Rensselaer, contact Will Fahey, manager of professional development, at

For issues regarding laboratory safety, hazardous waste, radiation safety, fire and life safety, ergonomic assessments, safety training and incident reporting, contact Annette Chism, director of environmental health and safety, at

If you would like information regarding the Human Resource division's operations area or regarding key division initiatives, contact Jacquelyn Turner, deputy to the vice president, at

Rensselaer employs nearly 2,000 faculty and staff. In today's world, we realize that in order for us to maintain a reputation as an employer of choice throughout the region and the nation, we have to work together. To get a glimpse of our offerings, I encourage you to take a look at the newly created employee orientation video on the HR website at

Most important, on behalf of the division of HR, I thank you for all that you do.

Curtis Powell, SPHR
Vice President for Human Resources

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Inside Rensselaer
Volume 6, Numbe 3, February 17, 2012
©2012 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
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