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Susan A. Carkeek

Susan A. Carkeek

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Susan A. CarkeekSusan A. Carkeek

Susan A. Carkeek is Vice President and Chief Human Resource Officer at the University of Virginia.  With UVa since 2006, she is responsible for all human resource functions for the academic division of the University, as well as having oversight of the University of Virginia’s College at Wise and for the health plan and other benefits for the University’s Medical Center.  Her areas of responsibility include recruitment and staffing, benefits, classification and compensation, learning and development, employee relations and career services, payroll, information management, and leadership development, as well as non-academic aspects of the faculty personnel system. 

Since coming to UVa Carkeek oversaw the creation of a new state-of-the-art human resources system, critical to the University attaining goals in its long-range strategic plan.  In addition, University Human Resources implemented six major IT systems in five years upgrading from heavily paper driven processes to bring tools and resources to the desktop of employees and managers. 

Carkeek has over thirty years experience in higher education human resource management.  Prior to relocating to Virginia, she served as the Vice President of Human Resources at the University of New Mexico.  There she was responsible for leading and directing the University’s human resource programs and the Dispute Resolution Center.  In 2004, the HR department was awarded the most innovative human resources department in the state of New Mexico.  Prior to the University of New Mexico, she worked with the University of Nevada, Reno, and before that, the University of Montana. 

Carkeek holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a master of business administration from the University of Montana. She also is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) by the Society for Human Resource Management. She has been a member of the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR) since 1976 and has held various high-level posts in the organization, including Vice President of Professional Development and positions of leadership on both the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors. Carkeek co-authored the CUPA publication entitled “A Practical Guide to the Employment Function.”  She also served on the Advisory Council of TIAA-CREF. 

Carkeek has been honored with the 1994 Nevada “Woman of Achievement” Award for outstanding achievement in career and community service and, in 1993, the “Roadrunner Award” from CUPA for human resource professionals who have made significant contributions to the profession.  In 1993 she also received the “Outstanding Faculty Award” from the University and Community College System of Nevada.