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Mercyhurst names new director of human resources

Monday, April 9, 2018

Joseph King, Major, US Army (Retired), assumes the position of director of human resources at Mercyhurst University, effective Monday, April 9.

King’s professional experience in human resources, project and program management spans two decades in the U.S. Army, most recently as executive director of human resources in Oahu, Hawaii. In that capacity, he managed 15 HR personnel, strategizing to improve standard operating procedures, developmental programs, and performance management systems, to name a few, across Asia for 13,000 employees.

He supervised an estimated $50 million global HR training program and co-chaired the Department of Defense’s first comprehensive wellness initiative to improve employees’ family, physical, spiritual, financial and mental health proficiencies.

During his 20 years in military operations, King also managed the Army’s International Division in the Middle East, directing human resource service to 1,000 soldiers throughout Afghanistan, served as executive director of operations at the Joint Military Entrance Processing Station in Pittsburgh, and as director of operations for the DoD’s Postal Distribution Center in Mannheim, Germany.

He earned the Bronze Star for service in Afghanistan, as well as several other awards for meritorious service and achievement.

Besides his years in HR, King also served in academia as assistant professor of military science and deputy executive officer at Edinboro University, where he managed ROTC staff and designed curriculum for student cadets. He also was an associate professor of chemical and biological sciences with the United States Military Academy at West Point in conjunction with St. Thomas Aquinas College.

He earned a Master of Science degree in biology from Carnegie Mellon University, a Master of Arts degree in counseling rehabilitation from Edinboro, and a Bachelor of Science in psychology and biology in Drury University.

King is married to Kelly, and they have three boys, Collin, Liam and Cade. The family resides in Waterford.