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July 7, 2014
Serilda Summers-McGee Hired as New HR Director
(Salem, Ore.) – Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction Rob Saxton announced today that Serilda Summers-McGee has been hired as the new Director of Human Resources for the Oregon Department of Education. A human resource and education professional, she will join the Department starting July 14, 2014. Summers-McGee comes to ODE from Kaiser Permanente where she has served as their Manager of Diverse Talent Planning since 2012. She has also served as a member of the State Board of Education since 2012 and will be resigning from that position as she moves into her new role with ODE.
“I am very pleased to welcome Serilda to our leadership team,” said Deputy Superintendent Saxton. “She brings a wealth of experience in both human resources and education with a focus on equity that aligns perfectly with our agency’s strategic plan. If we are to support schools and districts in providing a high-quality education to each and every student, we must continue to improve how we recruit, train, and retain talent here at the Department, and I know that Serilda will be an incredible asset in that work.”
As ODE’s Human Resource Director, Summers-McGee will direct the agency’s HR office and functions. This includes leading efforts around the recruitment and retention of a diverse, highly skilled workforce, manage staff onboarding, training and professional development programs, and coordinate initiatives related to agency climate. These efforts are central to the Department’s goal of making ODE the best place to work.
“I am incredibly excited to join the Oregon Department of Education leadership team under Rob’s direction,” said Summers-McGee. “As a former member of the State Board of Education, I was consistently impressed by ODE’s openness to the changes necessary to ensure all children – especially those most vulnerable – succeed academically in the state. Rob has expressed the need for the Department’s role in the state’s education system to evolve, and I’m excited and inspired by this charge and passion. I am happy to be a part of the team and contribute to this vision from a human capital management perspective.”
In her previous role as the Manager of Diverse Talent Planning for Kaiser Permanente, Summers-McGee was responsible for the program’s strategic direction, planning, and management in the Northwest region. Other areas of focus included a more streamlined onboarding process, diversity focused training programs, and development and execution of local and national efforts to position Kaiser Northwest as an employer of choice for minorities resulting in significant increases in the diversity of the workforce.
Prior to her work at Kaiser Permanente, Summers-McGee served as the Executive Director for Partners in Diversity, a non-profit affiliate of the Portland Business Alliance responsible for helping companies recruit, support, and retain professionals of color. Summers-McGee also has extensive experience in education both through her time serving on the State Board of Education and through a variety of roles in higher education including as the Assistant Dean of Residence Life at Reed University, Interim Director of Orientation at Reed College, Resident Director of Residence Life at Reed College, and Program Recruiter at Grand Valley State University.
Summers-McGee received an MBA with a focus on human resources from Willamette University, a Master’s in student affair administration in higher education from Ball State University, a Bachelor’s of Science from Grand State University, and an Associate’s degree from Muskegon Community College. She serves on the Stand for Children Advisory Board, the Portland Public Schools Superintendent’s Advisory Committee for Enrollment and Transfer, the Portland Development Commission’s Leadership Group on Neighborhood Economic Development, and the Albertina Kerr Governing Board.
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