Vice President for Human Resources

University of Louisville   Louisville, KY   Full-time     Human Resources
Posted on March 29, 2024
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University of Louisville

Louisville, KY




The University of Louisville (U of L), a public university founded in 1798 and one of the few universities recognized by the Carnegie Foundation as both a Research 1 and Community Engaged University, seeks an experienced human resources and culture professional to join its community and serve as its Vice President for Human Resources (VPHR). With a total enrollment of approximately 23,000, 2,891 full and part-time faculty, and 4,244 full and part-time staff, the U of L is a large, complex university and academic health sciences center spread across three campuses throughout metropolitan Louisville, Kentucky.


The Vice President for Human Resources will join the U of L community at a particularly exciting moment in time. Dr. Kim Schatzel became U of L’s 19th President in February 2023, bringing considerable corporate and entrepreneurial C-Suite experience to the role in addition to her significant leadership experience in higher education.


Reporting to the President and serving as a member of her Senior Leadership Team, the VPHR will be a trusted and responsive advisor charged with elevating the human resources function across the University. They will be responsible for providing strategic and operational human resources direction to university leadership and employees, overseeing all human resources functions across the breadth of the institution, including benefits, change management, compensation, compliance, employee engagement, employee relations, organizational development, performance management, recruitment, and retention.


The VPHR will be a high-EQ, visible leader and engaged community member. The VPHR  will collaborate closely with University leadership and stakeholders on strategic human resources imperatives impacting the University community. Due to the U of L's size, complexity, and decentralized nature, the VPHR must be a strong communicator and resilient change management leader who can translate organizational needs into action, policy, and procedure. Strong candidates will have a highly disciplined approach to human resources and significant operational and leadership experience across the full complement of human resource functions in progressively senior roles. Likely hailing from, or with significant experience in, a higher education setting, the VPHR will have an innate desire to strengthen individuals and organizational culture and positively impact the organizational mission.


The University of Louisville has retained the national executive search firm Isaacson, Miller to conduct this critical search. Please direct all confidential inquiries, nominations, and applications to the firm as indicated at the end of this document.




Confidential inquiries, nominations/referrals, and applications (including resumes and letters of interest responding to the opportunities and challenges outlined above) should be sent electronically to the Isaacson, Miller executive search team via the link below.


Dan Rodas, Partner

Tim Lanigan, Senior Associate

Amble Ryan, Senior Associate

Isaacson, Miller


The University of Louisville is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, sex, age, color, national origin, ethnicity, creed, religion, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, pregnancy, or veteran status.