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Penn College Reorganizes Human Resources Office

R. David KayLinda M. MorrisPennsylvania College of Technology has reorganized its Human Resources Office, naming R. David Kay assistant vice president for human resources and Linda M. Morris assistant vice president for employee relations.

In his new post, Kay will be responsible for all human resources functions relating to employee recruitment, hiring, compensation, benefits, wellness, policies, faculty-bargaining issues, salary systems, unemployment compensation and employee orientation.

Morris will be responsible for all functions related to compliance, employee relations/advocacy, ombudsman, leaves of absence, background checks and collegewide professional development. She will also be EEO/Title IX/Section 504 coordinator.

“In the ever-changing world of human resources, it is important for any organization to examine its structure and function to be certain it is providing the appropriate environment, infrastructure and staffing structure to meet the needs of the evolving workforce,” said Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour. “Both of these changes allow us to grow and develop responding to the external environment and our internal employee needs. Additionally, these changes will better position the college to place a heightened focus on professional development.”

Kay has been employed in Human Resources at Penn College and its immediate predecessor institution (Williamsport Area Community College) since 1986 in various positions, most recently as director of human resources: compensation and benefits.

He holds a Master of Arts in industrial and labor relations from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania.

Kay serves on the board of directors for the West Branch Drug and Alcohol Commission. He and his wife, Joann, coordinator of veterans affairs and Work Study at Penn College, reside in South Williamsport and are the parents of a son and daughter, Jonathan and Jessica, and a grandson, Brady.

Morris has been employed at Penn College and Williamsport Area Community College since 1977, serving most recently as director of human resources: employment and EEO. She has held various positions in higher education since 1969.

She holds a Master of Arts in American history from Ohio University, and she earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Good Counsel College, White Plains, N.Y. She has completed additional, miscellaneous course work at W.A.C.C. and Penn College, as well as at Bryant & Stratton College, Salem College and North Shore Community College in Massachusetts.

Morris holds the Senior Professional for Human Resources certification and is a member of the Society for Human Resources Management, the West Branch Human Resources Society and the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources.

She has served on the board (and as chair of the Personnel Committee) for the North Central Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Red Cross, receiving the Chairman’s Award in 2005. She also has served on the Personnel Committee for the YWCA of Northcentral Pennsylvania.

She and her husband, Richard, a professor of history at Lycoming College, reside in Williamsport and have three grown children: John and daughters Kelly and Gail.

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