Doig announces retirement


Joan Doig


Princeton NJ -- Joan Doig, vice president for human resources since 1996, has announced her plans to retire at the end of this calendar year.

"The past five years have flown by," she said. "I've really enjoyed this opportunity to serve Princeton."

Doig said she has worked to make the Department of Human Resources a more flexible, open organization that is responsive to employees and managers. She pointed to several initiatives begun during her tenure, including: a lump sum awards program and a pay for performance system, both of which reward outstanding performers; a performance enhancement program to help supervisors improve staff performance; an incentive program for employees who refer new staff members; and technology enhancements such as the publication of a large amount of human resources information on the Web and the implementation this June of the new Human Resources Management System.

She said that she also has emphasized the development of the human resources staff into a more professional organization.

"I had a good staff when I became vice president, but it's improved each time we've hired someone," Doig said. "Human resources has had an increasingly broad agenda. We've brought on board people who have new insights and energies. They are very knowledgeable in the field, and they listen and think carefully about how to meet employees' and managers' needs."

Doig was promoted to vice president after serving for seven years as general manager of the Office of Human Resources. She joined the University staff in 1974 as a special collections assistant in the Astrophysical Sciences Library. Two years later, she transferred to the department then known as Personnel Services as a personnel representative.

She subsequently took on additional responsibilities as manager of training from 1982 to 1983 and as manager of benefits from 1983 to 1988. She was director of benefits in 1988-89.

Doig said she has no structured plan for her retirement. "I'll step back and assess the landscape," she said. Getting more involved in the community is definitely on her list of things to do. She currently serves on the boards of the Princeton-Blairstown Center and the United Way of Greater Mercer County.

She also is looking forward to having more time to garden, read and attend concerts, lectures and exhibits.


May 21, 2001
Vol. 90, No. 28
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