By Annie Riley
After a nationwide search, St. Bonaventure hired Sharon T. Burke as Human Resources director.
Burke will begin her new job in the Human Resources employment service on Nov 1. As Human Resources director, Burke will be in charge of managing and supporting the faculty and academics.
Burke has spent the past nine years serving as Human Resources director at Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, N.H., where she controlled the main campus and four satellite campuses. Burke has experience handling budget preparation and management, administration of insurance and employee benefit programs, employee relations, recruitment, compensation management and organizational development and training and reporting, according to a Sept. 27 university press release.
“She has over 23 years of human resources experience, including nine years at another university,” said Brenda McGee, senior vice president for finance and administration. “She emerged as the best candidate for St. Bonaventure.”
Burke’s qualifications include holding human resources positions with a nonprofit foundation/rehabilitation center. Burke also volunteered at the Colonial Theatre Performing Arts Center and worked for community and professional organizations.
Burke graduated from Franklin Pierce University with a bachelor’s degree in management and a Master’s of Business Administration from Plymouth State University, as stated in the university press release.
“With her background and experience we expect Sharon will bring a new level of professional leadership experience in Human Resources to St. Bonaventure,” McGee said. “Sharon will lead the HR and payroll departments, which includes supporting our faculty in academic searches.”
Those who interacted with Burke agreed.
“The best fit for St. Bonaventure due to her background, skills, knowledge and very pleasant and outgoing personality,” McGee said.