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Welcome to HR Connection


Linda Hendricks Harig, right, Vice Chancellor of Human Resources and Mary Lucal, left, Associate Vice Chancellor of Human Resources

Welcome to HR Connection, a new series of stories from the Knoxville-area Human Resources team to better inform you of the benefits, services and opportunities available to you as an employee.

In this series, we will share tips for optimizing your benefits and navigating employment experiences such as performance reviews. You’ll learn about how we manage the hiring process and how to improve the hiring practices in your department. Also, we’ll share updates and news items like new services and discounts, as well as receive the latest HR-related news.

Our mission is to strengthen Knoxville-area faculty and staff by providing support and leadership in a welcoming atmosphere where employees can thrive. Human Resources brings together faculty, staff, administration, campuses, and institutes to help the university shape the workforce of the future.

Meet your Knoxville-area leadership team:

Linda Hendricks Harig, Vice Chancellor of Human Resources

Linda Hendricks Harig became vice chancellor of human resources in January, 2010, where she serves as a member of the Chancellor’s Cabinet.

As vice chancellor, Harig oversees human resources policies and guidelines to ensure consistent implementation and application; leads the development of employee acquisition, retention, promotion and succession planning; manages analysis and implementation of the Knoxville-area workforce strategic plan including workforce diversity; implements performance management programs; oversees organizational development, training and professional development; administers employee compensation and classification policies and programs; directs employee relations, benefits, records management, and the HR Call Center; and manages human resources systems, metrics reporting, and trend monitoring.

In addition to the vice chancellor role, Harig also serves as the vice president of human resources statewide. In this role since 2008, Harig serves as a member of University President’ Joe DiPietro’s staff.

“My dual role is unique in that I can think strategically about our faculty and staff needs from both a system and a campus level,” Harig says. “That provides a very unique perspective and each role informs the other.”

Mary Lucal, Associate Vice Chancellor for Human Resources

Mary Lucal was appointed associate vice chancellor for human resources for the Knoxville area in September 2015. Before being named to the position, she served in an interim role. Lucal has worked for UT for nearly a decade.

As lead of the Knoxville Human Resources team, Lucal works with faculty and employee groups and commissions as well as deans, department heads, and cabinet members. Her role involves policy and procedure development and interpretation, program development and implementation, and university compliance with state and federal laws.

“One of the key parts of my job is to be out and about on campus, to understand what our strategic direction is and bring that knowledge back to HR so that we can effectively deliver services which compliment that direction,” Lucal says.

Lucal also participates in Vol Vision, the campus strategic plan; the UT Knoxville Work Culture Improvement Team and other key initiatives.