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The Office of Human Resources adds senior directors to the team


The Office of Human Resources has added the following two leaders to its ranks:

Senior Director of Compensation and Benefits — Jan Myers

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Jan Myers joined the Office of Human Resources leadership during the Spring 2022 semester.

Myers has led Compensation and HR teams both in higher education and the private sector and brings a tremendous wealth of knowledge to Clemson. She is responsible for the compensation and benefits functions which include researching, developing, communicating and implementing faculty and staff compensation programs, as well as providing oversight of health and welfare benefits and retirement programs in coordination with the Division of State Human Resources (DSHR). Within the Office of Human Resources, the Compensation Team and the director of benefits report to Myers.

“Jan has hit the ground running and has already established herself as a valuable team member and colleague. She is currently leading collaborative compensation discussions with other HR colleagues across the state,” said Dr. Ale Kennedy, the University’s chief human resources officer. “I am extremely excited to see Jan transform compensation here at Clemson.”

Myers has stated her goal is to “research and implement best practices in the Total Rewards space to attract, retain, and engage remarkable people at Clemson University.” 

Contact jan3@clemson.edu.

Senior Director of Talent Management — Michelle Cato

Michelle Cato has been promoted to senior director of talent management. Leading the newly formed Talent Management Team, Cato is responsible for addressing strategic, holistic concerns that impact the employee experience from pre-hire through separation from employment, focusing on attracting, hiring and retaining top talent through engagement and development opportunities.

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“The University will leverage Michelle’s more than 15 years of Human Resources and leadership experience,” said Kennedy. “Her collaborative and strategic approach has proven successful in building high-performing teams and managing change, and I am very excited to have Michelle as a senior leader on the Human Resources team.”                                 

Cato served as the Director of Talent and Organizational Development in her previous role and championed the launch of CU Grow, led the creation of the Supervisor Training Series, sponsored an online performance management tool and expanded team development opportunities across the University. Currently, Cato leads the Talent & Organizational Development Team, the director of talent acquisition and the director of engagement and retention. According to Cato, who strives to be a servant leader, she will continue to “create and influence programs that enhance the employee experience and build an inclusive culture where Clemson employees don’t just work but thrive.”

Contact micato@clemson.edu.