January 12, 2023 – The Christopher Group (TCG), a boutique HR executive search and business solutions recruiting firm, has been selected to find a chief human resources officer and two board members for Bryant & Stratton College in Orchard Park, NY. Pam Noble, managing director, and Ayla Maloney, managing partner, are leading the assignments.
The newly evolved CHRO role will partner with the incoming president and system leadership team as a collaborator, business leader, and strategist from the lens and expertise of people and culture, said The Christopher Group. This individual will have an opportunity to influence the future and innovation of the college and focus on building out more robust learning, development, and training offerings for non-faculty and faculty members. This, in turn, will be expected to enhance talent attraction, engagement, and retention strategies, increasing diversity, sensitivity, and inclusion as well as general leadership of the service-oriented HR team.
The CHRO “will work closely with the new president, David Vaden, in enhancing employee engagement and in making sure that the university delivers on its mission to the faculty, the staff, and especially the students,” said Ms. Noble.
Candidates for the board roles ideally should have a nursing and a digital background to provide the functional diversity that the college seeks, said The Christopher Group. “The entire TCG team is honored by the trust that the university has put in TCG and we look forward to the opportunity to build on this experience in other board work,” said the firm.
Founded in 1854, Bryant & Stratton College provides real-world education leading to bachelor’s and associate’s degrees as well as professional certificates of completion in the fields of healthcare, technology, legal, business, and graphic design. Bryant & Stratton College offers 21 degree programs. The private, non-profit college offers flexible online, hybrid, and onsite education, servicing a non-traditional student population, in which the average age is 29 years old. Brick and mortar locations are located in New York, Ohio, Virginia and Wisconsin. Bryant & Stratton, which serves more than 12,000 students, offers a collaborative, family culture with a mission that focuses on personalization and innovation.
Founded in 1998 by Tom and Paula Christopher (former HR executives with GE, Pepsi, Progressive Insurance, and Citigroup), The Christopher Group is a leading boutique HR executive search and staffing solutions firms. TCG is staffed by former HR professionals and trained search practitioners who use proprietary, scientific and industry-leading systems, tools, and processes. The firm has offices in Willoughby, OH; Sarasota, FL; and Kansas City, MO.
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Mr. Christopher has a personal practice focused primarily at the VP, SVP, and CHRO levels. He has completed executive HR searches with a diverse set of clients across multiple industry verticals including but not limited to Pepsi, Honeywell, Capital One, BP, Kraft, US Foods, Raytheon, Ingersoll-Rand, Vanderbilt University, Delaware North, CDW, Medco, Citigroup, Johns Hopkins University, Eastman Chemical, Comcast, and many others. With over 30 years of experience in human resources and executive search, his deep understanding of business strategy, organizational structures, and talent acquisition/ assessment/ development have allowed him to become an invaluable search and business partner to senior executives at an array of Fortune 500 organizations.
Ms. Noble is president of the HR consulting services division unit as well as practice leader for the firm’s expanding diversity, equity, inclusion and engagement practice. She joined The Christopher Group leadership team as chief human resources officer and managing partner last year. She brings over 25 years of comprehensive human resources leadership to the firm. “I have had the privilege of knowing Pam for over 20 years,” said Mr. Christopher. “She is one of the finest and most capable HR executives nationwide. Additionally, her expertise in the areas of culture, change management, diversity, equity and inclusion, and executive coaching is truly outstanding. Finally, she is a true servant leader.”
Ms. Maloney, who is also The Christopher Group’s chief development officer, has been with firm for seven progressive years and sits on the leadership team. Before joining TCG, she spent over a decade in the food service industry as a divisional and organization-wide leader of culture, leadership development, and training. With TCG, she has partnered with clients such as Lamb Weston, Phillips 66, Quantum Health, California State University, Altria, Parker Hannifin, and others on opportunities across the HR spectrum, ranging from heads of HR to specialist roles. She also spearheads off-desk searches for finance, sales, and operations executives.
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