Isaacson, Miller Places CHRO for Michigan State University

May 13, 2022 – Following a national search, Isaacson, Miller appointed Christina K. Brogdon as senior vice president of human resources and director of human resources at Michigan State University (MSU) in East Lansing. Ms Brogdon will take office on June 1, replacing Richard Fanning, who led the university’s human resources organization on an interim basis. The mission was carried out by the partner Rebecca Kennedy with the partner Stephanie Simon. “There is a lot of great work ahead of us, which is even more important, to ensure that we continue to attract, retain and develop the best people to help us achieve our mission and achieve our strategic objective,” said MSU President Samuel L. Stanley Jr. “Christina’s expertise is an asset to the institution as we strive to meet the challenges ahead of us in recruiting and retaining top-notch professionals.”

At the September 2021 Board Meeting, Dr. Stanley and Melissa Woo, Executive Vice President for Administration and Chief Information Officer, makes the recommendation for the positionas well as a title change from Associate Vice President to Vice President of Human Resources and Director of Human Resources to reflect the strategic role that MSU Human Resources plays in contributing to the education of our students.

In her new role, Ms. Brogdon is responsible for leading MSU’s human capital program, including talent acquisition and retention; leadership and organizational development; pay and ranking; advantages; and employee relations and labor relations for staff and senior management. She will help provide strategic direction and leadership for human capital management across the institution, in addition to serving as a proactive partner to the Office of the President on all HR matters. Ms. Brogdon will also work collaboratively on campus to integrate high-quality human resource services into all facets of the university.

Strong experience

“I am honored to join the Michigan State University community,” said Ms. Brogdon. “The opportunity to cultivate employee empowerment, excellence and success is exciting. President Stanley’s vision to create a top-notch workplace and an environment where employees can thrive gives me energy and excitement to get started.

Most recently, Ms. Brogdon served as Vice Chancellor of Human Resources at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. Previously, she served as Director of Human Resources at Western Georgia University, Radford University, and Bluefield State College, in addition to holding leadership positions at Virginia Tech.

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Ms. Brogdon holds a master’s degree in business administration from Averett University and a bachelor’s degree in management from Virginia Tech. Additionally, she holds a Certificate in Strategic HR Leadership from Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations and has her Professional Certification in Human Resources from the Human Resources Certification Institute.

Founded in 1855, Michigan State University is an early land-grant university and an innovator in research, teaching, and knowledge application. MSU has grown into a world-class institution, offering a full range of programs and attracting talented faculty, staff, and students. The university is part of the Big Ten Conference and since 1964 has been one of 66 members of the prestigious Association of American Universities.

Mission-driven clients

A nationally recognized recruitment firm focused on recruiting transformational leaders for mission-driven organizations, Isaacson, Miller has completed thousands of internships over more than three decades. More than half of the firm’s work took place in academia, involving university presidents, chancellors and deans. The company has held leadership positions at Wellesley College, Washington State University, University of Miami, Howard University, Bowdoin College, Dartmouth, NYU, University of Virginia State and the University of North Carolina, among others.


Wharton School taps Isaacson and Miller to find Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Isaacson, Miller was enlisted to find a chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer for the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Keight Tucker Kennedy leads the mission, along with Tiffany Weber and Kelly McLaughlin. “The first Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer will use a data-driven approach to provide school-wide leadership and support in pursuit of Wharton’s core values ​​of fostering a culture capable of supporting and leveraging the differences within our community; use fair and transparent practices that promote equitable decision-making and outcomes; promote dignity and respect among all constituents (eg, students, staff, faculty); and fostering opportunities to contribute to diversity, equity and inclusion through Wharton’s research, teaching and community engagement,” said the Boston-based research firm.


John Isaacson, chairman of the firm, founded Isaacson, Miller in 1982. He has conducted research in many of the firm’s practice areas. Mr. Isaacson helped the company develop its cumulative knowledge of the research craft and followed, with growing interest, the missionary goals of institutions, the political and economic disciplines of niche markets, and the emotional and intellectual learnings that leaders acquire in a committed professional life.

Ms. Kennedy has over 15 years of experience recruiting leaders in higher education and nonprofit organizations. She specializes in functional leadership positions including research administration, technology transfer and commercialization, compliance, privacy, finance and academic administration. Ms. Kennedy is particularly fond of recruiting people into newly created positions, such as president and CEO of UCLA Technology Development Corp., senior director of privacy at Stanford University, and assistant vice president of Title IX compliance. at Northeastern University. Prior to joining Isaacson, Miller in 2015, she was a Principal at Brill Neumann Associates.

Ms. Simon became a partner in 2021. She joined Isaacson, Miller in 2016 as Executive Assistant to Mr. Isaacson and served as Chief Research Coordinator in Boston. Ms. Simon has managed Presidential, Provost and Dean’s research in higher education as well as executive level research in arts and culture.

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Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor; Dale M. Zupsansky, editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

Norma A. Roth