Stetson University has named Shelia M. Daniels, associate dean of Human Resources at Indian River State College in Fort Pierce, as its new associate vice president for Human Resources, effective in mid-March.
Daniels will provide strategic human resources leadership for Stetson’s two campuses and two satellite centers as part of the university’s strategic planning goal to “Be a Great Place to Work.” She will provide senior leadership of the human resources function and supervise a staff of nine distributed in two locations. Her areas of responsibility include benefits, compensation system, employee relations, recruitment and retention, payroll, and talent management, training and development.
“Given Shelia’s experience, credentials, and personal style, I am very excited about the leadership she will bring to the university-wide discussion about compensation philosophy as this will serve as a foundation for creating systems and reward structures to continue to move Stetson forward,” said Robert Huth, Stetson vice president for Business and chief financial officer. “Stetson will benefit greatly from her professionalism and understanding of all facets of human resources, a conclusion reached by all who participated in the search process.”
Daniels has served as associate dean of Human Resources at Indian River State, a public institution with five campus locations across four counties, since 2003. Previous positions include director of Human Resources at Akerman Senterfitt in Orlando, vice president of the HR Division for SunTrust Bank in Miami, and human resources administrator for the School Board of Broward County.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s in public administration from Florida Atlantic University. Her professional certifications include Senior Professional in Human Resources, Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Mediator, and Meyers-Briggs Type Indicator Certified Practitioner.
Daniels received the College and University Professional Association-HR 2007 National Award for Best Practices in Human Resources, the CUPA-HR 2007 Southern Region Award for Best Practices in Human Resources and a certificate of appreciation from the Florida Community College Equity Commission for diversity initiatives. She is a member of the Society of Human Resource Management and the Florida Colleges Human Resource Council (chair 2007-2008). She has also served on many local board memberships.
“I am extremely happy and honored to have been given this opportunity to become an active contributor to the future of Stetson University,” Daniels said. “The pride I saw exhibited in the institution’s rich history combines with enthusiasm and synergy across the institution for President Wendy Libby’s vision and initiatives going forward. There was a sense of vibrancy that impressed me.
“I’m eager to share in that energy and to partner with the administration, faculty and staff in continuing to make Stetson not only a great place for students pursuing their educations, but also as a great place to work as we fulfill that mission,” she said. “I truly look forward to getting to know my new colleagues at the university and to making a positive difference in their daily work life, experiences and benefits.”