Four Staff Members Promoted In Human Resources

July 10, 2001

Baylor University officials have announced that four staff members in the human resources division -- Richard Amos, Jaffus Hardrick, Claude Ervin and Ashley Thornton -- recently have been promoted to new positions.

"These promotions recognize the abilities and performance of each of these individuals," said Marilyn Crone, vice president for human resources. "Claude moving to this special role will allow us to take advantage of his wisdom and vast experience to focus on several crucial issues prior to his retirement in June 2002. I deeply respect and appreciate Claude for the more than 20 years he has already invested at Baylor."

Amos, who has served as director of compensation and benefits since 1999, has been named assistant vice president and director of the department of compensation and benefits. Prior to his employment at Baylor, Amos worked as director of human resources for Groendyke Transport Inc. in Enid, Okla., and for St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Ponca City, Okla. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Oklahoma and his master of business administration degree from Oklahoma City University. He is a member of the Society for Human Resources Management, College and University Personnel Association and is certified as a senior professional in human resources by the Human Resources Certification Institute. Amos is an active member of First Baptist Church of Woodway.

Hardrick, who has held the title of assistant director of personnel services and AA/EEO officer since 1995, will assume the title of assistant vice president and director of the department of personnel services and AA/EEO. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Southwestern Louisiana, his master's degree from Prairie View A&M University and is pursuing his doctor of education degree (A.B.D.) at Baylor. Hardrick previously worked for the McLennan County Youth Collaboration/Communities in Schools and Educators Credit Union. He received the Outstanding Staff Award at Baylor in 1998 and is on the board of directors of Carver Park Baptist Church Christian Academy and the McLennan County Abstinence Program. Hardrick is an active member of Carver Park Baptist Church.

Ervin, who served as assistant vice president and director of personnel services and AA/EEO office, has been named associate vice president and special assistant to the vice president for human resources. Ervin received his bachelor's degree from Bellevue University and his master's degree from Louisiana Tech University and began his tenure at Baylor in 1981 after serving in the United States Air Force from 1958-1980. A past president of the Waco Northwest Rotary Club, he has served on the board of directors of the Samaritan Counseling Center of Central Texas, the Dr Pepper Museum, Central Texas Senior Ministry and the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. Ervin is an active member of Columbus Avenue Baptist Church and is a Scottish Rite Mason.

Thornton, previously organizational development specialist, has been named director of the department of professional and organizational development. Joining the department in 1998, she received her bachelor's degree from Baylor and holds a teaching certificate from Southwest Texas State University. Thornton has worked as an instructional designer for Transitions Unlimited in Houston and Intercom in The Woodlands and as a research associate for the Center for Occupational Research and Development in Waco. She is a past board member of the Houston chapter of the American Society of Training and Development and the International Society for Performance Improvement. Thornton is an active member of Lake Shore Baptist Church.

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