As a human resources recruiter and employee relations specialist, Dan McGuffey helps departments with the employee recruiting process, makes offers to candidates, and facilitates new employee orientation. In his employee relations role, he answers questions about UT policies and assists faculty and staff with complex employee relations issues.
He started in the department in February 2016, but it was a homecoming for him. In the 1980s, he received an active duty commission from UT’s Army ROTC program while also completing his undergraduate degree. In the years between leaving UT and returning, he led a variety of military organizations and staffs.
After completing infantry officer training and the Ranger course, McGuffey served as an infantry officer in Germany and was deployed as an infantry platoon leader in Operation Desert Shield/Storm in 1990–91 with the 1st Armored Division. In his military career, he also served as commanding officer, operations manager, deputy program manager, and adjutant general corps officer, a position responsible for providing support that improves soldiers’ welfare and well-being, while assisting commanders in keeping soldiers combat-ready. He held several HR executive positions including G1 (deputy chief of staff for human resource management) and director of manpower and personnel. His service took him to Sardinia, Kenya, Korea, the Philippines, and Southwest Asia.
“Those experiences molded me into someone who can take charge and lead a team or organization to operate at a high level of efficiency,” McGuffey said. “The military also instilled in me physical and mental toughness, outdoor survival skills, a strong work ethic, and attention to detail.”
What’s it like to work for UT after those years of working for the Army?
“I like organizations that operate efficiently. UT’s HR department has great people and superb processes in place and provides an extremely valuable service to the university,” he said. “I am honored to work here.”
McGuffey and his wife of 27 years, Candace, live in Sweetwater. They have two children: Daniel Jr., 23, and Savannah, 19. In his free time, he enjoys hiking in the mountains, swimming, golfing, and playing the tuba.