Julia Hicks and Pat Melley have been appointed
to the position of director of human resources for Wesleyan University.
A national search for the head of Wesleyan's Human Resources organization
has been underway for the past few months, during which Hicks and Melley
came forward to propose their partnership to lead the human resources
"I believe each has the credentials and
leadership qualities we need and that together they have the experience to
advance all aspects of our service to the campus community," says John
Meerts, vice president for Finance and Administration.
Hicks joined Wesleyan in May 2004 as associate director of human resources
and was promoted to senior associate director in 2006. She has over 25 years
experience in all areas of human resources and has held progressively
responsible human resources positions with major organizations in
Connecticut and New York. Hicks will be responsible for compensation,
performance management, employee and labor relations, recruitment and
Melley was hired as director of employee benefits in July 2006. She will
continue to be responsible for all employee benefits and now will oversee
the payroll department. Melley has over 20 years of experience in employee
benefits, payroll and human resources. In addition to a background in
brokerage and reinsurance, she has been responsible for designing,
implementing and leading the human resources departments of two companies.
Both Hicks and Melley have the skills and qualifications required to
successfully lead human resources as we move forward with new initiatives,
Meerts says. Although each will have specific points of focus as outlined
above, employees may feel free to contact either of them for assistance.
Ultimately, both are responsible for the performance of the Human Resources
"Please join me in congratulating both Pat and Julia on their new
appointments and wishing them continued success," Meerts says. "I also want
to thank the search committee for their hard work and Dan Michaud for having
lead the Human Resources Department while the search was underway."