Posted: Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Media Contact: David Costello, 815-921-4516
Rock Valley College is pleased to announce that Jim Handley has been hired as the new Vice President of Human Resources. In this role, he will be responsible for developing and executing the human resource strategy in support of the overall business plan and strategic direction of the College, specifically in the areas of talent acquisition, benefits administration, talent management, change management, and organizational effectiveness. He will provide strategic leadership by articulating HR needs and plans to the executive management team and the RVC Board of Trustees.
Prior to joining the HR team at RVC, Handley dedicated nearly 20 years of service to Verizon in a variety of leadership roles supporting talent acquisition, employee relations, and supply chain management. Most recently, he served as the Talent Acquisition Practice Lead overseeing recruitment activities for customer service, telesales, and enterprise sales accounting for nearly one-third of all hiring Verizon accomplished globally. In addition to working in the telecommunications industry, he has also worked in the financial services, construction, energy, and automotive sectors. During his career he has resided in Michigan, Montana, Texas, Utah, California, Florida, Minnesota, and Illinois.
Handley earned a Master’s in Business Administration from Texas Christian University, a Bachelor of Arts in Management from Michigan State University, and an Associate’s in Commerce from Henry Ford College. He has also successfully achieved a variety of certifications in Human Resources including the SHRM Senior Certified Professional, Senior Professional in Human Resources, Global Professional in Human Resources, Certified Compensation Professional, Certified Benefits Professional, and Global Remuneration Professional designations.
“I feel very fortunate to be serving in this leadership role for Rock Valley College,” said Handley. “I’ve enjoyed a successful career in human resources and attribute that success to the educational foundation I received from my hometown community college. I look forward to working with Dr Jensen, the Executive Leadership Team, and the Board of Trustees to help students in our community achieve knowledge and personal success through lifelong learning.”
In Handley’s spare time you will likely find him with his wife at a hockey rink cheering on his two teenage sons who are both very active in youth hockey.