Mary Ellen Keeney

Associate Vice President for Human Resources Mary Ellen Keeney joined Empire State College in 2010. She oversees the development and implementation of human resources policies and procedures related to the employment of 1,800 faculty and staff across the college, including staffing plan, payroll operations, strategic human capital management, professional development, recruitment, skills gap analysis, engagement through accountability, Climate Committee focus and affirmative action, and has spearheaded human resources reallocations, resulting in significant cost savings.

Keeney also conducts workshops on topics such as performance management, succession planning, organizational effectiveness and diversity, as well as conflict and dispute resolution. She participates in negotiations with the faculty union on promotion and tenure.

Prior to Empire State College, Keeney was chief human resources officer at Thomas Jefferson University, a private academic medical center employing 12,000 faculty and staff; vice president for human resources at Roger Williams University; assistant vice president for human resources at State University of New York Upstate Medical Center; director of human resources and community health services at Oswego Health; labor relations manager at SUNY Upstate Medical Center; and a labor relations representative at Miller Brewing Company.

Keeney has knowledge and experience in institutional reorganization to improve excellence and optimize service delivery, career ladders, turnover rates, collaborative approach to managing change and centralization of business processes resulting in efficiencies. She also has established guidelines for RFPs and vendor relations.

Keeney holds an M.A. in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix and a B.S. in Industrial and Labor Relations from Le Moyne College.

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