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New assistant VP brings broad experience to SDSU Human Resources

SDSU (KELO AM) - South Dakota State University announced the hiring of Marc Serrett as assistant vice president for human resources. His appointment was approved by the South Dakota Board of Regents at their meeting in Vermillion last week.

"Marc Serrett comes to SDSU with a strong set of management skills and, more important, leadership skills," said Vice President for Finance and Business Wes Tschetter. "He brings a tremendous amount of experience and a variety of perspectives here with him. Human resources--people--are the fundamental building block of the university.

Marc's background, which spans the public, private and nonprofit sectors, will enhance the university's capacity to identify and to hire the best available."Serrett comes directly from the Omaha Public Power Company in Omaha, Neb., with 2,400 employees, one of the largest public power companies in the United States. He is certified with the Strategic Workforce Planning designation by the Human Capital Institute, and implemented the HCI planning model companywide at the power company."I am excited about the opportunity to join the SDSU team," said Serrett.

"My immediate goals are to learn more about SDSU, its incredible employees and how Human Resources might be able to help the university achieve the goals set out in the university's new strategic plan, IMPACT 2018.

"Serrett says he is passionate about moving HR from playing defense to playing offense: being at the table with leadership and employees to help overcome obstacles and create solutions that will help achieve the institution's objectives.His previous experience in higher education includes a position as director of human resources for Omaha's Clarkson College, a private, nonprofit institution offering undergraduate and graduate health science degrees.

"I love higher education and I am looking for ways to get more involved with campus life," said Serrett. "I am now a season ticket holder and cannot wait to root for the Jacks! Both South Dakota State University and Brookings really do have a lot to offer and my family and I feel very blessed to be here."