UM Names New Vice President for Human Resources

Morris has more than 20 years of human resources experience with the Ford Motor Company.

Coral Gables (September 25, 2009) — The University of Miami announced today that Nerissa E. Morris would be its new vice president for human resources.

Morris has more than 20 years of human resources experience with the Ford Motor Company. She is currently the human resources manager for global information technology, with responsibility for information technology professionals in the Americas, Europe, and Asia-Pacific.

“I am delighted that Nerissa will be joining the University,” said Senior Vice President for Business and Finance and CFO Joe Natoli. “Her experience with one of the country’s largest and most complex organizations will add immediate value. The University wants to attract, develop, and retain the best and brightest employees. That will be Nerissa’s mission from day one.”

She has held senior human resources positions with Ford in the U.S., Sweden, and Brazil, including Volvo Cars Research and Development, Ford South American Operations, and Ford, Lincoln and Mercury Marketing and Sales. Her breadth of experience and expertise include leadership and team development, strategic planning, labor affairs, compensation, succession, and retention planning.

“I am excited to join such an accomplished leadership team in the commitment to drive the University forward as a leading institution and employer,” said Morris.

In her new position, Morris will oversee human resources operations including benefits and compensation, compliance, learning and development, performance management, employee relations, and diversity efforts. She will join the University in late October.

She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Master of Business Administration from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. Her professional affiliations include the Society of Human Resource Management and the National Black MBA Association.


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