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Carol Patton is a Las Vegas-based writer who specializes in human resources issues.

Each year, the University of Nebraska, Omaha, hires several hundred new administrative or office service workers, says Cecil Hicks, who himself was hired in May as the school’s HR director.

Marist University's open-source HR recruitment system saves money and attracts higher-quality candidates.

“Your reputation is at risk.” That was the message relayed to Marist College Vice President and CIO Bill Thirsk by a hiring manager who had been contacted by a former employment candidate. The job seeker had attempted to apply for a position through the New York college’s online employment system, only to give up because the user experience was so frustrating.

W. Kent Fuchs, provost of Cornell University, led a team that created a new graduate applied sciences campus in New York City.

W. Kent Fuchs, provost of Cornell University, has been named president of the University of Florida.

Fuchs developed Cornell’s strategic plan for achieving academic preeminence as one of the world’s top 10 universities; launched a university-wide reimagining initiative that enhanced Cornell’s academic stature; and led a team and a strategy that resulted in the creation of a new graduate applied sciences campus on Roosevelt Island, New York City.

As second-ranking officer at the University Southern Calfornia, Elizabeth Garrett oversees 18 professional schools.

Elizabeth Garrett, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at the University of Southern California, has been named the first female and 13th president of Cornell University.

Garrett will assume the post in July, when David J. Skorton leaves to become secretary of the Smithsonian Institution. As USC’s second-ranking officer, Garrett oversees 18 professional schools, in addition to the divisions of student affairs, research, libraries, information technology services, student religious life and enrollment services.

Norman Francis of Xavier University is longest-serving university president in the country. He became president in 1968.

The longest-serving university president in the country, Norman Francis of Xavier University of Louisiana, will retire after the 2014-15 academic year, nearly 47 years after he took office.

Human resources specialist Carol Patton says colleges and universities aren't aware of the wide range of their employees' skills.

Consider the accounting clerk who coordinates community events; the help desk manager who moonlights as an exercise coach; or even the campus registrar who is also a freelance writer.

A sampling of sabbatical policies at colleges and universities. (Click to enlarge)

There’s a standard practice in academia that’s highly valued; yet, at many colleges and universities, the policies and procedures surrounding it haven’t changed in decades. Until now.

University of Texas graduate Admiral William H. McRaven is currently commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command

The governing board of The University of Texas System has selected Admiral William H. McRaven, currently commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command, to take over as chancellor in January 2015.

HR expert Carol Patton says alumni have value to HR as recruiters and university advocates.

In the midst of shrinking budgets and staff, HR professionals at colleges and universities can take advantage of an often overlooked resource to help accomplish their goals.

Consider working with alumni—they typically possess a wealth of campus knowledge and skills. And they’re often eager to assist human resources in many areas, ranging from recruitment to employee coaching.

Ball State University has selected Paul W. Ferguson as its 15th president. He comes to the Indiana school from The University of Maine.

Ball State University has selected Paul W. Ferguson as its 15th president. He comes to the Indiana school from The University of Maine, where he has been president since 2011.

Ferguson led a comprehensive strategic planning process there called “The Blue Sky Project,” which focused on transforming both the undergraduate and graduate student experience. He begins his new tenure on Aug. 1, replacing President Jo Ann Gora, who retired on June 30.

Other people news:

The Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) voted unanimously in March to implement GASB Statement No. 68, Accounting and Financial Reporting for Pensions.

This accounting standard modifies existing financial reporting requirments as well as establishes new ones for governmental entities—including public colleges and universities—that participate in defined benefit pension plans.

HR expert Carol Patton says data can help fix what no one may realize is broken.

As HR professionals, you track all sorts of activities—such as onboarding and employee turnover. While these types of production metrics are important, HR needs to start measuring the effectiveness of its own programs and activities.

For example, you may know the number of employees who completed a supervisory training course, but that’s just a one-dimensional metric. You need to determine whether the participants became more skilled at managing others to gauge the course’s true impact in the workplace.

New Akron President Scott L. Scarborough will leave his post as provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at The University of Toledo.

The University of Akron in Ohio has selected Scott L. Scarborough, now provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at The University of Toledo, as its next president.

At UT, he directed the development of a new strategic plan, “Imagine 2017,” and organized a system of “portal colleges” designed to meet the needs of meet the needs of a range of nontraditional students with a variety of academic backgrounds.

Scarborough will assume the presidency on July 1, replacing Luis Proenza, who is stepping down after 15 years.

Other people news:

In Project Bridge—what may be a first-of-its-kind program—student volunteers at Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla. are giving English lessons to catering and facilities staff.

The project was originally conceived by Patricia Tome, a modern languages professor who assigned her intermediate-level Spanish classes to tutor Rollins’ staff for a short time. In January 2012, the then-president of the Latin American Student Association, Tasha Bianchi-Macaraig, took over the program as student advisor.

Kirk Overstreet is assistant dean for adjunct faculty support at the College of DuPage.

College of DuPage, located just west of Chicago, is one of the largest community colleges in the United States, and it is the largest community college in the Midwest. The institution serves more than 30,000 students and offers a variety of courses, with more than 80 percent of its classes delivered face-to-face.