Gary comes to the college from Blackberry Farm, where she had been over the human resources department since 2010.
“Blackberry Farm’s organization is built around customer service,” Gary said, “and I told myself I would only leave there for a very special place. I got that opportunity earlier this year. I feel Pellissippi State has a great brand and a dedicated group of employees who are devoted to the college’s own brand of customer service: to our students.”
Gary’s responsibilities at the college include oversight of staffing and other institutional concerns, such as Affordable Care Act compliance. She says she hopes her role also offers opportunities for training and professional development.
“I love working in organization development,” she said. “I look forward to helping the college reach its goals, while also helping employees reach their personal goals.”
Gary has worked in human resources for nearly 20 years, beginning at National Book Warehouse.
“I was asked by the owners of National Book Warehouse to step into the role of human resources director,” she said. “I agreed, though I didn’t know much about it at the time. They provided me training and resources, and I found that human resources fit me well. I didn’t find it — it found me.”
Gary earned her Senior Professional in Human Resources credential in 2005.
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