Vice President for Human Resources

Linda Hendricks Harig became the University of Tennessee vice president and chief human resources officer June 1, 2008.  On Dec. 1, 2012, her title changed to vice president of human resources, where she has responsibilities for both System human resources and equity and diversity.

Harig has more than 30 years experience in higher education.  Prior to returning to UT, she was assistant vice president for talent management at Duke University and Health System and director of human resource programs at Vanderbilt University and Medical Center.  She began her career in development and human resources at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

As vice president, Harig develops and implements HR’s strategic plan, assuring alignment with the University and its entities; develops HR policies and guidelines and works closely with the UT System, campus and institute human resource leadership to link the University’s strategies and policies to faculty and staff.  Her responsibilities in equity and diversity include setting statewide strategy and initiatives, providing training and best practice research and ensuring the University’s compliance at each entity.  For both areas of responsibility, Harig serves as a resource for additional support, guidance and advocacy from the president’s staff.

Harig has extensive leadership experience in workforce strategic planning, development and implementation of HR policies, acquisition and retention strategies, implementation and evaluation of diversity programs, organizational development and training, performance management, employee and labor relations and the management of HR systems.

She is a graduate of UT Knoxville and a founding member of the Kelly Services, Inc. national Higher Education Advisory Panel. She is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management and College and University Personnel Association.  Harig’s record of accomplishments includes development of Duke’s first workforce strategic plan, development of an award-winning management and leadership development program and serving on the University Diversity Leadership senior teams at both Duke and Vanderbilt, where she received the Diversity Leadership Award at Duke University Health System.  Among numerous awards, Harig led Duke’s achievement of third place nationally for Best Overall Recruiting and Staffing Organization of the Year.  At Vanderbilt, Harig received the Reflection Award for Outstanding Service, and while at UT Knoxville, Harig received the Outstanding Customer Service Award.

Harig also is a graduate of Vanderbilt’s Leadership Development Forum and UT Knoxville’s Basics of Personnel Administration in Colleges and Universities.  She holds certifications in Disney’s Service Leaders Institute, consulting skills, negotiating and administering the labor contract, employee relations’ law and facilitative leadership.

Harig is a native of Alcoa and currently resides in Maryville with her husband, David.  They have five children and four grandchildren.