Steve Brooks began work today as director of compensation in University Human Resources.
Brooks' primary duty is the development, implementation and management of fair, equitable compensation programs for all employee groups. He is responsible for managing all aspects of employee compensation, performance management and recognition.
"Compensation is a critical core function of our human resources operation, so the hiring of Steve to this position is a major step toward ensuring our employees that they have fair and equitable compensation packages," said Vice President for Finance and Administration Bill Decatur. "Two of his first major undertakings will be developing comprehensive administrative and classified employee compensation packages that improve our employees' equity in the higher education marketplace."
Brooks previously served as the director of classification and compensation at the University of Cincinnati for nine years and, prior to that, was employee and labor relations manager at UC for three years. He also spent 17 years in various human resources roles with the Clermont County commissioners' office, worked for the Ohio Civil Rights Commission and served four years in the U.S. Air Force.
As UC's director of classification and compensation, Brooks instituted a market pricing system that reduced employee turnover and saved the university $350,000 by reducing the need for outside consultants. As employee and labor relations manager, he helped negotiate three major labor contracts, decreased grievances against the university by 21 percent in a three-year span and implemented labor management committees that improved communication between unions and university administration.
"I'm looking forward to working with the outstanding HR staff at Ohio University," Brooks said. "The HR staff has an excellent statewide reputation, and that is one of the things that made this position attractive to me."
A native of Cincinnati, Brooks earned a law degree from Ohio Northern University, a master's in international relations from the University of Cincinnati and a bachelor's degree in history from Thomas More College in Fort Mitchell, Ky., where he graduated summa cum laude. He and his wife, Tonya, have three children.
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