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Lori Gentles Will Head New Division of Human Resources, Diversity and Inclusion

June 5, 2013; Updated July 22, 2013

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Lori S. Gentles

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Lori S. Gentles, associate vice president, human resources, safety and risk management at San Francisco State University, begins her tenure as vice president for human resources/diversity and inclusion at Cal State Fullerton. 

In announcing the appointment last month, CSUF President Mildred García characterized Gentles as a change agent in her field. She "has been on the forefront of shifting the focus of human resources from operational and transactional to strategic and transformational, empowering HR staff to be creative in delivering value-added services and innovative solutions."

At CSUF, Gentles will lead a newly created division for the University, overseeing an expanded unit that has been part of the Division of Administration and Finance. The vice president will report directly to the president and is responsible for the development of Universitywide human resource strategies for the areas of academic personnel, diversity and equity, recruitment/employment, payroll, compensation/classification, benefits, employee/labor relations, risk management, and environmental health and safety.

In her new role, Gentles will tap 25 years of professional and senior-level human resources leadership experience gained in both the public and private sector, most recently at San Francisco State University, which she joined in 2008. There, she oversees a comprehensive human resources program with an annual budget of $3.7 million.

Gentles is a member of the California State University Risk Management Executive Committee and served on the systemwide negotiations team for 2011-12.

Among her professional affiliations, Gentles is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management, California Public Employer Labor Relations Association, and College and University Professional Association.

Prior to joining San Francisco State, she served three years as assistant county administrator/human resources director for Contra Costa County after serving in the interim position for six months. She joined the county in 2004 as assistant human resources director after four years as deputy personnel director for the city of Phoenix and eight years as human resource development administrator in the city of Mesa, Ariz.

Gentles holds an MBA in international studies from Saint Mary's College, a master's degree in counseling from the University of Phoenix and a bachelor's degree in interpersonal communication from Arizona State University.

Her CSUF appointment was made following a national search; the 11-member search committee was chaired by Robert Foldesi, who has served as interim associate vice president, human resources since January. Previously, John Lynn had been executive director of human resource services.

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