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Hodson named to lead Human Resources at NIU

June 28, 2021

After a national search, William Hodson has been named the new senior associate vice president and chief human resources officer for Northern Illinois University.

Hodson has nearly 40 years of experience in human resource management, including eight years at Indiana University, where he served as director of Human Resources and taught undergraduate classes in human resources and labor relations as an adjunct professor.

Since 2012, he has worked at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., where his roles have included leading the human resources department and serving as senior advisor for organizational development. In the latter role, he was the lead internal advisor for the creation and implementation of organizational development programs and process improvement initiatives at the internationally respected medical center.

At NIU, Hodson will be part of the president’s cabinet and will work closely with the vice president for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion/Chief Diversity Officer; the general counsel; and the provost to support a positive and equitable working environment for all.

He will be responsible for creating a collaborative and innovative human resource organization that positions NIU for long-term success as an employer of choice that maximizes each employee’s potential.

“We are very excited to have Bill lead Human Resource Services at NIU,” said President Dr. Lisa Freeman. “He is a dynamic leader with a long history of creating teams and practices that efficiently and effectively meet the needs of existing employees and of recruiting top-tier candidates to assure continued success.”

NIU Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Vernese Edghill-Walden, who has served as the interim chief human resources officer for the university during the past year, is excited to work with Hodson.

“It has been a pleasure to work with the HR team this past year,” Edghill-Walden said. “I look forward to collaborating with Bill in his new role and building on the progress underway within HR to enhance and modernize the way the division partners with units across the university.”

Hodson received his undergraduate degree in psychology from California State University, Northridge, and his in Personnel Management from UCLA. He earned his Master of Public Affairs degree from Indiana University. He has also edited textbooks, published articles and delivered presentations at state, regional and national human resource conferences on the topics of employee relations and employee engagement.

He will join the university Aug. 1.