Jeff Herring to lead HR; Robert Adler named interim law dean


Jeff Herring to lead HR

Jeff Herring has been appointed as the U’s new chief human resources officer. Herring is a human resources executive with nearly 15 years of experience, having worked as both an HR practitioner and a labor and employment law attorney.

Herring comes to the U from the State of Utah Department of Human Resource Management, where he served as the executive director and a member of the governor’s cabinet. In that capacity, he led the State of Utah’s enterprise HR operations, which consisted of a 160-member staff serving more than 20 departments and more than 20,000 employees.

Prior to that, Herring worked as an associate attorney in private practice, representing numerous employees and employee associations with their labor and employment law needs.

“We are thrilled to have Jeff joining the team at the U,” says Eric Denna, to whom Herring will report. “Jeff is a proven HR leader who has done a phenomenal job with the State of Utah in modernizing its systems. He possesses a marvelous blend of expertise and enthusiasm in HR. I am very excited to work with him going forward.”

In his new role, Herring will work with the U’s senior leaders to develop an HR model that engages human resources professionals as partners with the various colleges and departments to provide a strategic and customer-focused approach to delivering HR services.

“This has been a dream of mine—to combine my passion for HR with this institution of higher education. I fully support the mission of the University of Utah and President Pershing,” Herring says. “I could not be more excited to have this opportunity at the U, my alma mater. I look forward to becoming a part of the university community with all of its energy and excitement.”

Herring earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah, his juris doctorate degree from the California Western School of Law, and an MBA with an emphasis in HR from the University of Phoenix. He has been an active part of the U community, serving as an adjunct professor in the masters of public administration program and on the Young Alumni Board and Crimson Club boards.


bobadler-475x665[1]_600Robert Adler named interim law dean

Robert W. (Bob) Adler, James I Farr Chair and professor of law, has been named interim dean for the College of Law effective July 1, 2013, contingent upon approval by the Board of Trustees. Adler has a distinguished record as a college and university leader while enjoying the widespread respect of colleagues and students as a scholar and teacher.

In addition to his appointment in the College of Law, Adler also is an adjunct professor in the Department of Pediatrics in the College of Medicine, where he is collaborating on studies of children’s environmental health issues.

His books include Modern Water Law: Private Property; Public Rights and Environmental Protection (Foundation Press, forthcoming 2013, with Craig and Hall); Restoring Colorado River Ecosystems: A Troubled Sense of Immensity (2007); Environmental Law: A Conceptual and Pragmatic Approach (with Driesen, 2007 and Driesen and Engel, second edition 2011); and The Clean Water Act: Twenty Years Later (with Landman and Cameron, 1993). Adler has written and spoken widely on the subjects of environmental and water law and policy, with a focus on water pollution and aquatic ecosystem restoration and protection.

Read more about Adler’s appointment here.

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