From the Vice President

September 2007

The start of the University’s 2007/2008 academic year is bringing a lot of excitement and new opportunities for our staff. Resulting from the long–awaited opening of Whitman College, many new employees have recently begun working at Princeton. I want to welcome each of you and hope that you will have a rewarding employment experience.  

Additionally, I want to congratulate all staff members (see page 3) who recently accepted transfers or promotions as a result of reorganizations and other departmental changes or who graduated this summer from HR’s management development certificate program.
Human Resources is here to help newcomers and existing employees acclimate to their jobs. We are prepared to help you address questions that arise throughout the year and encourage you to contact us frequently.
We also hope all employees will attend our training classes (see page 4). We have modified courses choices this year to respond to a broader range of needs. One new class is Conducting Effective Interviews, designed to help hiring managers interview and select candidates more effectively.
Within Human Resources, we are continuing to hire highly skilled HR professionals. Please join me in welcoming William Faris as director of compensation. Bill has extensive compensation and related HR experience. He will be meeting with many departments over the coming weeks to learn about your compensation needs. Also, congratulations to Michelle Kalayjian who was promoted to benefits and work/life manager. Michelle has worked at Princeton in the benefits area for eight years and employees know her for her strong benefits knowledge and customer service.  

As mentioned in past issues of the HR Communiqué, I welcome your feedback on HR’s services and programs. We want to hear what works well and what we could do better!