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Clemson’s interim chief human resources officer becomes permanent

Michelle Piekutowski has been named Clemson University’s permanent chief human resources officer, effective June 16. Piekutowski led the university’s human resources division in an interim capacity for the past three years.

“Michelle and the human resources team have worked together over the past three years to begin a complete transformation of the human resources division,” said Brett Dalton, Clemson’s vice president for finance and operations. “I believe that we are making significant strides, and that the best is yet to come.”

Piekutowski has worked in the university’s Office of Human Resources since 2003, serving in various director-level roles. In 2008, she was named Associate Chief Human Resources Officer.

“In my time at Clemson, I have been impressed with Michelle’s leadership,” said Clemson University President James P. Clements. “She’s the right person for this critical position.”

“I am excited about the opportunity to continue to work with and lead the HR team in helping Clemson achieve a 2020 objective to recruit, retain, develop and reward faculty and staff,” said Piekutowski. “Faculty and staff are crucial to Clemson’s success, and I look forward to continued collaboration with them.”

Piekutowski has served as a member of the President’s Cabinet, the President’s Commission on the Status of Women and the Staff senate. In 2013, she received the Alan Schaffer Faculty Senate Service award for exceptional service.   In her role as Chief Human Resources Officer, she will continue to serve as a member of the President’s Administrative Council.

Piekutowski earned a bachelor’s degree in business education from Western Carolina University and a master’s degree in human resource development from Clemson University. She has received certifications and served in leadership roles in local, regional and national units of the Human Resources associations.