Chair, Human Resource Management
Rita Kenyon brings to Concordia University more than 40 years of experience in corporate human resources, including at the executive leadership level. Since she joined Concordia in 2004, she has been dedicated to sharing her broad understanding of the Human Resources field with the HR practitioners and aspiring professionals enrolled in her classes. She also has served as an adjunct professor at William Mitchell College of Law. Prior to joining Concordia, Kenyon was human resources director for North Central Blood Services of the American Red Cross. She previously served at the Hazeldon Foundation in several positions, including as senior vice president of Human Resources and Information Services. She began her HR career as a personnel administrator/recruiter at Maxwell Communication Corp., and four years later had earned the position as director of human resources.
- J.D., William Mitchell College of Law
- B.A., Psychology, University of Minnesota
- Industrial Relations Certificate, University of Minnesota
- Masters Forum, Executive Development, University of Minnesota
- Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification
Legal issues in human resources, employee and labor relations, applied ethics, human resources as a strategic business partner
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