Longtime Centre College payroll and benefits coordinator Meredith Bruner has been selected to serve as the inaugural director of the Greater Kentucky Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC). Bruner brings nearly two decades of human resources experience to her new duties, including 10 years at Centre, where the HERC leadership role will be based.
In addition to serving as HERC Director, Bruner’s current responsibilities at Centre have been restructured, resulting in a promotion to Human Resources Operations Manager, effective January 1, 2018.
The Greater Kentucky HERC is one of 19 regional chapters. Established this past fall, it has already attracted some 30 colleges, universities and school systems to partner with area hospitals, research labs, governmental agencies and other private and public sector organizations for the common goal of hiring and retaining a talented and diverse workforce, with particular attention to dual-career couples.
After working to launch the new chapter over the past year, Dr. Rodmon King, associate vice president for academic affairs and diversity initiatives at Centre College, led the search that resulted in Bruner’s hire. He was impressed with the strength of the candidate pool and is confident that Bruner’s broad skill set is ideal for her new challenges.
Prior to work at Centre, Bruner served as treasurer and benefits specialist for the Grant County Board of Education in Williamstown. She also worked at Provident Bank in Cincinnati for many years, first as a human resources assistant and then a benefits specialist.
“We think the world of Meredith,” said Kay Drake, vice president for human resources and administrative services at Centre. “She has many talents, from strong interpersonal skills to effective collaboration and team organization. She is also very self-directed, with high analytical skills.”
A native of Harrodsburg, Kentucky, Bruner graduated from Cumberland College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration/management and a minor in psychology.
She has been active in numerous volunteer capacities, including leadership roles with the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR), as well as the Central Kentucky Society for Human Resources Management (CKSHRM). In addition, Bruner is treasurer for the Boyle County High School Volleyball Boosters and teaches Sunday School at Bethel Christian Church.
by Michael Strysick
December 19, 2017