Veronica L. Sills, Ed.D., has been named North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University’s associate vice chancellor for human resources/chief human resources officer, effective July 1.
Sills had been serving in the role in an interim capacity since November 2021. She manages a staff of 33 fulltime human resource professionals and specialists, including four direct reports and four operational managers, overseeing human resources issues for a university that has more than 2,800 permanent and temporary faculty, staff and student personnel. Human Resources will report to the Division of Business and Finance.
Sills will continue to serve as a member of the Chancellor’s Cabinet, collaborating with the university’s senior executive leadership team on strategies related to human capital management and leadership development.
“Our university’s growth and development means that we are constantly recruiting and hiring across academic and administrative areas and managing an ever-expanding workforce,” said Vice Chancellor for Business and Finance Robert Pompey. “We are delighted for Dr. Sills to join us as a permanent member of our leadership team, and looking forward to her continued service to our university.”
Sills previously worked at N.C. A&T from January 2016 to September 2017 as Title IX coordinator. She re-joined A&T four years later as assistant vice chancellor of human resources.
Following eight years in private sector and state agency positions, Sills transitioned into higher education in 2012, when she accepted a position as assistant director of Elon University’s Office of Housing and Residence Life. She later worked as a residence coordinator/Title IX investigator in the Office of Housing and Residence Life at UNC Wilmington; a training consultant in the Sexual Assault Training and Prevention Program at East Central University in Oklahoma; and an Equal Employment Opportunity consultant and investigator and then talent solutions manager in Human Resources at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro.
Sills received her B.S. in criminal justice with a minor in women and gender studies from The College of New Jersey, M.A. in criminal justice and MPA from Rutgers University, M.S. in higher education administration and organizational management from Drexel University, and Ed.D. in educational leadership (higher education) from UNC Wilmington.
She holds numerous human resources credentials, including mediator certification by the State of North Carolina and certification by the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) and HR Certification Institute. Her doctoral internship was conducted at Maynooth University in Dublin, where she developed a women’s professional mentorship program and created strategies to support the university’s equality strategy and diversity programs.
Sills is a member of SHRM, College and University for Human Resource Professionals, and the Human Resource Management Association of Greensboro, where she serves a co-chair of its college relations committee. She has been an adjunct professor of educational leadership at UNC Wilmington since August 2020 and a certified instructor of Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity Fundamental in the North Carolina Office of State Human Resources since May 2018.