Auburn University Human Resources and Office of Payroll and Benefits to combine in new location Jan. 1

Published: November 04, 2014
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Auburn University will combine the Office of Human Resources and the Office of Payroll and Benefits and move them to the new Auburn University Administrative Complex at the East Glenn Adminstrative Center, effective Jan. 1.

The combined department will carry the name Office of Human Resources and will be led by Karla McCormick, currently executive director of payroll and benefits. McCormick, who holds bachelor's and master of public administration degrees from Auburn, has been in her current position since 2011 and has more than 21 years of experience in human resources fields.

Before joining the university, McCormick served as vice president for human resources – benefits for a large national corporation. Noting her leadership experience, Auburn University Executive Vice President Don Large said McCormick is exceptionally qualified to lead all aspects of the combined unit.

Human Resources responsibilities at Auburn are currently led by Associate Vice President Lynne Hammond, who has announced her retirement, effective Jan. 1, after 39 years of service to Auburn University.

"Auburn University has been very fortunate to have Lynne serve successfully in various leadership roles during her tenure here," said Large. "Her leadership as associate vice president serving as Auburn's chief human resources officer in the last half of her career has been transformative and allowed us to serve the university at ever higher-quality levels."

Large said the consolidation will not only provide a "one-stop shop" for employees, retirees and persons seeking employeement with Auburn University, but will also provide coordinated services to campus departments, enhancing efficiency and effectiveness of existing services. "Emerging benefit legislation is increasingly tied to employment factors so that the merging of departments will provide for more effective service and better management of compliance," he added.