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Human Resources and University Professional Development merge

ATHENS, Ohio (Sept. 18, 2006) -- The Center for Organization Development and Effectiveness is a new source of help for departments seeking assistance with change and continuous improvement linked to Vision OHIO. The new center is the product of a merger of the University Professional Development office with the University Human Resource Department.

The center's purpose is to help staff, faculty and organizational leaders break away from the status quo and pursue continuous improvement. The center exists to address both the individual and the collective aspects of change.

"In any transition, you have to meet the needs of people individually and organizationally if you want change that lasts," said Mark Kesler, senior director of the new center. "What is unique about our center is that it elevates two long-recognized streams of service to the campus -- the training and professional development stream and the management consulting stream -- and folds these into one organization."

Initially, staff and faculty education is a major concern of the center. "In listening carefully to the campus, it is clear to us that our two areas of emphasis for the year should be supervisory skills and change and transition management," Kesler said.

A catalog of core offerings for staff and faculty on these two topics can be found by following links at www.ohio.edu/hr. In addition, the center continues to offer innovative for-credit programming for classified staff in partnership with Hocking College.

"As we build center capabilities, we will have an array of consulting services, which complements staff and faculty education. Organization Development, or OD as it is called, is the discipline of helping an organization solve its own practical problems," Kesler said. "We execute that help in a way that considers the culture of the organization, both as it is and how it may need to be."

The center's goal is to partner with organizations as they tackle problems like: 

  • Setting priorities for improvement
  • Coordinating change in an organization
  • Attracting and retaining faculty, staff and students
  • Reshaping and redesigning administrative processes
  • Improving relationships with clients
  • Improving internal meetings and communication

"We continue to operate a premier campus facility that is dedicated to helping organizations, leaders, staff and faculty with change, education and development," Kesler said.

For more information, contact the Center for Organization Development and Effectiveness at (740) 597-2194 or visit www.ohio.edu/hr.

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