A publication for the faculty, staff, administrators, and friends of California State University, Chico
Sept. 17, 2009 Volume 40 / Number 1

Alexandra Hobson
DSS student assistants Dolores Hunt and Michelle Goforth (passenger) demonstrate the cart.

New Faces in HR

Chief Staff Human Resources Officer

Alexandra Hobson is the new chief staff human resources officer. She recently retired after 24 years of service with the United States Navy. Her most recent assignment was as the human resources manager/executive director for the Naval and Marine Corps Operational Support Center in Miami. Hobson’s education includes a BA in sociology from UC San Diego, an MA in organizational management from the University of Phoenix, and an MBA in human resource management from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey.

Hobson said that there are similarities between the University and the military, and one is that they are both hierarchical organizations. The degree of collaboration she has encountered at CSU, Chico is different, however, which she enjoys. Team collaboration is one of her strengths. “I have a passion for it. There have been many meetings since I’ve been here because of the furlough situation and all of the details to work out. I like the way we’ve worked through the situation.” The furlough program is challenging, she said, because of the many nuances, the differences in the ways people are affected, and the importance of getting it right from the beginning.

Director of Employment Practices and Dispute Resolution

Maurice Bryan
DSS student assistants Dolores Hunt and Michelle Goforth (passenger) demonstrate the cart.

Maurice Bryan was the assistant vice provost for diversity and equity at the University of Kansas before coming to Chico this summer. Bryan worked at Western Washington University in Bellingham for 14 years and was motivated to return to the West Coast. He found out about the position at CSU, Chico from Jackie McLain, who he had worked with at the University of Kansas.

Bryan has had a 20-year history of work with diversity education and mediation and expects to use that experience here as he works with discrimination-related concerns and complaints, including ADA compliance and whistle-blowing. His goal is to assist with developing a discrimination-free environment. Being part of such a large system as the CSU is new to him, and he looks forward to both the learning that he expects will come from that and the demand it will place on his broad range of skills.

“I like working with students,” said Bryan. “We are all educators here; if I help a faculty member or administrator do a job better, it will trickle down. I see that as my job—to impact a place whose business is student learning.”