Auburn University Human Resources News

Bill Shannon selected as Director, Human Resources Development

Bill ShannonAuburn University Human Resources is pleased to announce that Bill Shannon has been selected to fill the role of Director, Human Resources Development.  Beginning Aug. 1, Shannon will be responsible for collaborating with campus leadership, identifying future talent needs, highlighting the current gaps, and developing disciplined and relevant training and development offerings to capitalize on the breadth and depth of Auburn University’s human resources talent.

Shannon comes to Auburn from the Duke Clinical Research Institute in Durham, N.C.  As the current Director, Employee Engagement and Learning, he is responsible for strategy and execution of learning content.  He has served in various capacities at Duke University for approximately 10 years, including Visiting Scholar for the Fuqua School of Business and Executive Director for the School of Medicine.
Prior to his current position at Duke, Shannon was the Chief Wisdom Officer and Senior Vice President for DaVita, Inc., a Fortune 500 health services company, where he operated their corporate university.   Earlier in his career, he was a manager at the Walt Disney Company, being a part of the four-person team that conceived and opened the world-famous Disney Institute.  He designed and developed training, professional development and personal development curriculum, programs, events, and experiences for individuals and groups focusing in multiple content areas including customer service, communications, creativity, work culture, leadership, team building, and people management.

Shannon has received numerous awards from Disney, DaVita, and Duke, including Duke Hospital’s Diversity Leadership Award.  He holds a master’s degree in education from the United States International University and a bachelor’s degree in English from California State University-Fullerton.   He is active in community and volunteer activities, having served as a Board Chair and Member of the American Council on Exercise, as a United States Coast Guard Academy mentor, and as a committee member of the International Society for Quality in Healthcare.

Shannon is also a renowned consultant and public speaker who has worked with Auburn Athletics for a number of years.  In his own words, he is “fueled by Auburn’s belief in and emphasis on the Auburn Family…” and that “my wife and I want a place for our sons and their families to feel at home and Auburn is a natural and significant part of that.”

Abbi Brown tapped as Director, Student and Temporary Staffing Services

Abbi BrownAbbi Brown recently joined Auburn University Human Resources as the Director of Student and Temporary Staffing Services.  Brown holds the certification of Society for Human Resource Management Senior Certified Professional, or SHRM-SCP.

Brown is an alumna of Auburn University and has more than 10 years of HR experience. She comes to Auburn from Goodwill Industries of the Southern Rivers where she was the manager of people services, or HR. She has also served as a staffing agent with Randstand USA. She began her appointment at Auburn on May 15.

“Abbi brings a passion for talent acquisition and organizational strategic planning that will be valuable to Auburn as we assess our temporary services and as we begin to build a student employment program here in human resources,” said Karla McCormick, associate vice president of HR. “We are very excited to have Abbi onboard and know she will be able to do great things for Auburn.”

In her spare time, Brown enjoys reading and spending time with her family.  She and her husband, Dane, have one daughter, Reese.

“To say that I am excited to be working at Auburn University is an understatement,” Brown said. “My father graduated from Auburn in the ’70s and I graduated in ’06. It is an honor to be able to provide support to the university that has given my family so much joy.”

Brown is meeting with student employment and temporary employment stakeholders on campus to gain a greater understanding of the university’s needs.  

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Approximately 2,000 attend Family Fun Day

An estimated crowd of 2,000 people enjoyed the 2017 Family Fun Day, an annual event for Auburn University employees and their families.

This year's event was held on June 14 at Ag Heritage Park.  Attendees collectively enjoyed more than 2,000 hamburgers and snow cones, more than 1,500 ice cream cups, several hundred hot dogs, and many more bags of chips, cookies, soft drinks, and bottled water.  Children’s activities included: “Little Pirates”, “Spin Art”, face painting, and a bounce house. Older children and adults enjoyed bungee trampoline jumping, a money machine, bingo, and other games and contests.  Activities for all ages included “Basketball Shootout”, “Quarterback Toss”, an archery range, giant Jenga, a rock climbing wall, and miniature golf. Aubie also visited the event twice, and attendees registered for dozens of prizes. 

Once again, Auburn University Human Resources hosted Family Fun Day.  Golden Corral grilled the hamburgers and hot dogs, Earthfare provided water, and Railroads of West Point (Ga.) provided ice cream. Area businesses and groups also offered several dozen prizes.  Click here to see additional photos and a list of prize sponsors.

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Last updated: 06/26/2017