Debra Williams Joins Wayne State University as Chief Human Resources Officer

Kaye/Bassman International’s Higher Education Practice is pleased to announce the successful placement of Debra Williams at Wayne State University in Detroit as the new Associate Vice President of Human Resources and Chief Human Resources Officer. She previously served as Executive Vice President of Right Management.

About Debra

Debra F. Williams is a catalyst who influences transformation.  A trusted advisor to boards and top management, she has over 25 years of experience consulting and partnering with key leadership.  Her diverse career includes executive human resources, operations and consulting roles in a wide range of companies and industries.  She also is a certified professional coach providing executive, leadership and business coaching to executives, key leaders, and boards.

Debra is a graduate of Wayne State University, where she received a bachelor of arts in Journalism.  She completed her master of business administration at Lawrence Technological University, where she also served as an adjunct professor in the College of Graduate Management.   She has provided board leadership for numerous not-for-profit and professional organizations and is the current president of Detroit SHRM. Her for-profit board service includes Credential Check Corporation. She also received the Athena Leadership Award in recognition of her professional excellence, community service and passion for assisting others in realizing their full leadership potential.  Williams is a published author, and frequent lecturer, presenter, and keynote speaker.

Wayne State University

Celebrating 150 years of academic and research excellence in the heart of Detroit’s Cultural Center, Wayne State University (WSU) offers a traditional college experience surrounded by a city that’s defying convention.

The WSU main campus encompasses 203 acres of landscaped walkways and gathering spots linking more than 100 education and research buildings in Detroit. WSU is an engine in Metro Detroit’s educational, cultural, and economic landscape, with efforts like its thriving TechTown research and technology center and its partnerships with local hospitals, businesses, law firms, service organizations, and more.

Wayne State’s comprehensive academic offerings are divided among 13 schools and colleges: the Mike Ilitch School of Business, and Communication Arts; the Graduate School; the Law School; the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; the School of Information Sciences; the School of Medicine; the College of Nursing; the Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences; the Irvin D. Reid Honors College; and the School of Social Work. Academic programs include bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees; post-baccalaureate, graduate and specialist certificates; and three professional programs.

WSU is Michigan’s only urban research university and is renowned particularly for its contributions in the sciences. WSU is a partner with Michigan State University and the University of Michigan in the University Research Corridor, helping create a vibrant state economy.

Kaye/Bassman International Corp.

Kaye/Bassman was founded in 1981 with a mission to positively impact companies and enhance careers by providing the best in professional, executive, technical and scientific search. We’re a Dallas recruiting and search firm providing global recruiting solutions with a full range of permanent and contract placement options ranging from retained and/or contingency search to engaged search. We focus on education recruiting, healthcare recruiting, energy recruiting, insurance recruiting, banking recruiting, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology recruiting, and over 15 other recruiting specialty practice areas.

Wayne State University was aided in this search by Executive Search Consultant, Dr. Richard Jordan II, SHRM-CP. Read his Bio here.

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