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CSU Hires Seasoned Higher Education Administrator as Vice Chancellor for Human Resources

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California State University Chancellor Timothy P. White announced today the appointment of Loretta (Lori) Lamb as Vice Chancellor for Human Resources for the California State University (CSU). Lamb will serve on the Chancellor’s executive leadership team, reporting directly to the Chancellor. A veteran higher education administrator, Lamb currently serves as the director of Human Resource Operations for the University of Minnesota. She was selected through a comprehensive national search and will join the CSU in September.

“I am delighted to welcome Lori to the CSU, as she is not only gifted in the operational and technical aspects of human resource management but she also has built a reputation as an exceptional leader known for her integrity and team-building skills. Having spent many years on campuses and in another large public higher education system, Lori is passionate about the mission of the university, and is accustomed to working within the shared decision-making structure which is unique to higher education. She excels at empowering and developing people. Lori’s knack for building cross-functional teams will help the university advance its mission and meet the needs of California’s highly diverse student population,” said Chancellor Timothy P. White.

In her new post, Lamb will oversee human resource management, labor and employee relations, statewide professional development, equal opportunity and whistleblower compliance, academic human resources and human resource policy development.

Lamb brings more than 20 years of experience in higher education human resource administration and labor relations to the CSU. In her current role at the University of Minnesota, a premier land-grant university with more than 25,000 employees and 60,000 students, she oversees a staff of 50 and a budget of more than $3 million. One of the hallmarks of her tenure at the university has been her leadership in implementing the human resource functions of a new $83 million enterprise system upgrade project that is transforming the university’s business model, streamlining operations and improving efficiencies.

Prior to her tenure at the University of Minnesota, Lamb served as the vice chancellor of Human Resources for Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, one of the largest higher education systems in the nation with 31 universities and community colleges. While there, she provided strategic counsel to the Chancellor and Board of Trustees on succession planning, executive search, and collective bargaining contract negotiations. She led systemwide human resource initiatives, forged strong partnerships with the campuses and created an Executive Leadership Development Program for future leaders.

Lamb’s background includes serving as an affirmative action officer, adjunct faculty member and director of Human Resources for Minnesota State University, Mankato. She also led human resource operations as the associate vice president for Personnel and Administration at Washington State University. Prior to that time, she served as an assistant attorney general in the state of Washington, litigating employment law cases, assisting clients in drafting policies to comply with state and federal laws, and counseling state agencies on human resources and labor relations.

Lamb holds a bachelor’s degree in social justice from Gonzaga University and a juris doctorate from the Gonzaga University School of Law. During her years in Washington, she was active in the Washington Bar Association. She is currently an active member of the Minnesota Bar Association.

Her appointment will be affirmed by the Board of Trustees at their next regularly scheduled meeting on July 22.


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