Finance and Operations

Lisa Dash-Grimes named director of talent acquisition


Clemson University has named Lisa Dash-Grimes the director of talent acquisition within the Office of Human Resources.

With over twenty years of experience in talent acquisition, strategic staffing and career development, Dash-Grimes will direct and oversee all talent acquisition efforts at Clemson. The University’s talent acquisition team creates and manages strategies, programs and processes to identify and hire top-tier job candidates.

“I am excited to welcome Lisa Dash-Grimes to Clemson,” said Michelle Cato, senior director of talent management. “Lisa’s wealth of experience in higher education recruiting and her demonstrated ability to partner across organizational units will help Clemson continue to attract and hire top talent, which is vital to accomplishing the goals of Clemson Elevate.”

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Lisa Dash-Grimes.

Dash-Grimes comes to Clemson from Pace University, where she currently serves as the senior director of talent strategy. There, she transformed a staffing department focused only on staff hires into a consultative talent acquisition environment responsible for hiring all position types, including staff, faculty and students.

“Clemson University is doing exciting things since the launch of its bold new strategic plan,” said Dash-Grimes. “As director of talent acquisition for Clemson, I am excited to play a role in meeting the goals that Clemson has established, and I look forward to working with an award-winning HR team to take what is already great and elevate.”

Dash-Grimes also played a significant role in diversity outreach, allowing for greater diversity, equity and inclusion within candidate pools for all positions.

“The key to successful diversity recruitment is to practice humanity one person and one job at a time,” said Dash-Grimes.

She is also an adjunct professor at Pace University and Montclair State University. She teaches courses in management, leadership, human resources and recruitment and staffing.

Before her time at Pace University, she worked as the director of recruitment at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel. Prior to that, she held several different recruitment roles for businesses in the retail, quick service retail and hospitality spaces.

Dash-Grimes holds a Bachelor of Arts from Montclair State University and a Master of Science from Pace University.

Dash-Grimes is a wife, mom and grandmother and enjoys old movies, travel and continuous learning.

She will begin her new position on January 8, 2024.