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Auburn University Human Resources announced Monday, June 26, that Bill Shannon has been selected to fill the role of director of Human Resources Development. Beginning Aug. 1, Shannon will be responsible for collaborating with campus leadership, identifying future talent needs, highlighting the current gaps and developing disciplined and relevant training and development offerings to capitalize on the breadth and depth of Auburn University’s Human Resources talent.

Shannon comes to Auburn from the Duke Clinical Research Institute in Durham, North Carolina. As the current director of employee engagement and learning he is responsible for strategy and execution of learning content. He has served in various capacities at Duke University for approximately 10 years, including visiting scholar for the Fuqua School of Business and executive director for the School of Medicine.

Prior to his current position at Duke, Shannon was the chief wisdom officer and senior vice president for DaVita, Inc., a Fortune 500 health services company, where he operated their corporate university. Earlier in his career, he was a manager at the Walt Disney Company, being a part of the four-person team that conceived and opened the world-famous Disney Institute. He designed and developed training, professional development and personal development curriculum, programs, events and experiences for individuals and groups focusing in multiple content areas including customer service, communications, creativity, work culture, leadership, team building and people management.

Shannon has received numerous awards from Disney, DaVita and Duke, including Duke Hospital’s Diversity Leadership Award. He holds a master’s degree in education from the United States International University and a bachelor’s degree in English from California State University-Fullerton. He is active in community and volunteer activities, having served as a board chair and member of the American Council on Exercise, as a U.S. Coast Guard Academy mentor and as a committee member of the International Society for Quality in Healthcare.

Shannon is also a renowned consultant and public speaker who has worked with Auburn Athletics for a number of years. In his own words, he is “fueled by Auburn’s belief in and emphasis on the Auburn Family…” and that “my wife and I want a place for our sons and their families to feel at home and Auburn is a natural and significant part of that.”