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Vice President for Human Resources
The vice president for human resources is responsible for the strategic direction of human resource programs, activities, and functions at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute including short and long-term strategies to attract, develop, and retain a highly qualified workforce required to accomplish the mission of the institution. The vice president for human resources serves as a human resource consultant to the president and members of the president’s executive cabinet and participates in strategic planning and decision making for the institution and all subsidiaries.
Curtis Powell has more than 25 years of experience in human resource management including strategic human resource leadership positions in both higher education and healthcare. He served for 14 years in the University of Maryland System where he became director of human resources. He worked for Bon Secours Healthcare for more than 10 years where he became vice president for human resources and in Suburban Healthcare System where he served as corporate director of human resources.