Vol. 11 No. 11 - July, 2009

Associate vice chancellors in HR, Community Affairs named

Ian Barrett, EdD, SPHR
Associate Vice Chancellor for Human Resources Ian Barrett, EdD, SPHR
James Leary, JD
Associate Vice Chancellor for Community Affairs James Leary, JD

The appointment of two new associate vice chancellors will advance key goals of the UMass Medical School and UMass Memorial Medical Center joint Academic Health Sciences Center Strategic Plan—to build the workforce of the future, and to have a significant impact on the world. Ian Barrett, EdD, SPHR, joins UMMS as associate vice chancellor for human resources, and James B. Leary, JD, has been named to the newly created role of associate vice chancellor for community affairs.

As the Medical School’s human resources lead, Dr. Barrett will partner with the executive team in setting the strategic direction for human resources and guide the enhancement of human resources customer service and operations excellence. Bringing more than twenty years of strategic and operational human resources experience, serving both public and private entities, Barrett most recently served as associate vice president for human resources at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, a nationally known pediatric academic medical center, where he directed HR strategy embracing the full spectrum of employment issues, with an emphasis on diversity and multicultural affairs.

“I am very excited to be a part of the important work going on at UMMS that is making significant contributions to research, education, health care and public service,” said Barrett. “My priorities are to recruit and retain the best employees as we shape policy that makes UMMS an employer of choice.”

Barrett, who earned his doctorate from the University of Georgia and master’s in business administration at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has been active in the Society for Human Resource Management, served on the Human Rights Campaign’s Cincinnati Diversity Sub-Committee and participated in the Greater Cincinnati Urban League’s African American Leadership Development Program.

As associate vice chancellor for community affairs, Mr. Leary will strengthen and promote the Medical School’s relationships with community organizations, civic leaders and government representatives of the City of Worcester and Central Massachusetts. Building on the Medical School’s established foundation as a major community partner and business leader, Leary will serve as a conduit for community organizations seeking support, sponsorship and collaboration with UMMS. Extending the Medical School’s longstanding portfolio of community programs and projects, Leary will be part of a team that will launch a marquee public service initiative that will be a collaboration between UMMS and UMass Memorial

“I understand the needs of the Worcester community and the city residents’ desire for a productive relationship with our institutions of higher education,” said Leary. “Applying the principles of long-term planning, consistent communication and coordination of efforts to the relationship between UMass Medical School and the Greater Worcester community can yield tremendous benefits for both.”

A lifelong resident of Worcester, Leary is a magna cum laude graduate of Worcester’s Assumption College and has a law degree from Georgetown University. In addition to serving as State Representative for the 14th Worcester District and working as an attorney in private practice, Leary served as Worcester Assistant District Attorney and, most recently, chief of staff and counsel to Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray.

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