SRU names Holly McCoy chief human resources officer


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Following a nationwide search, Slippery Rock University has filled its chief human resources officer position.

Nov. 1, 2023

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. — Slippery Rock University today announced that Holly McCoy has been appointed as the University's chief human resources officer, effective immediately. McCoy, who served as interim CHRO and Title IX coordinator since June 2022, was selected as the successful candidate for the position after the University conducted a national search.

McCoy is responsible for strategic leadership and management of employees in the areas of human resources, compliance, payroll, leadership development. She develops, implements and evaluates polices and administrative operations. The CHRO position at SRU was vacated when Lynne Motyl retired in June 2022.

Holly McCoy


"We're grateful for Holly's service to the University during the transition of leadership in our Human Resources Department and we're pleased to have her continue in this capacity," said Karen Riley, SRU president. "The entire University will benefit from her knowledge, experience and guidance as SRU strives to continue being an employer of choice and a place where people can develop, grow and succeed as professionals."

McCoy has worked at SRU for more than 20 years, serving in the roles of director of diversity and equal opportunity (2003-06), assistant vice president for diversity and equal opportunity (2006-16) and assistant vice president for human resources and compliance/Title IX coordinator (2016-22).

"I'm thrilled for the opportunity to continue in this role at an exciting time for the University under the leadership of our new president, Dr. Karen Riley," McCoy said. "I'm looking forward to working with Dr. Riley and the executive leadership team as we advance the institution and carry out its mission. I'm also excited to work with a strong human resources team at SRU that has been supportive during my time in my interim role."

Prior to joining SRU, McCoy was the director of social equity at East Stroudsburg University. She earned her juris doctorate degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 1992 and her Bachelor of Arts in English and Bachelor of Arts in government and international studies from the University of Notre Dame in 1989.

"In addition to Holly's service as an interim, we're also thankful for everyone who has contributed to the search process" Riley said. "We could not identify and hire the best candidates without the help of many individuals."

In particular, Riley thanked Amber Holmes, administrative assistant in the Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging; Betsy Strawbridge, employment manager; and Lisa Weinzetl, director of special events, for their contributions to the search, as well as the CHRO search committee members:

  • Anthony Jones (chair), chief diversity officer. 
  • Dan Bauer, dean, College of Liberal Arts. 
  • Angela Bernardo, associate professor of safety management. 
  • Timothy Little Tran, assistant professor of music. 
  • Kay Mickle, associate professor of art. 
  • Amanda Nichols, payroll manager. 
  • Jen Phillips, assistant director of residence life. 
  • Shannon Young, administrative assistant, Human Resources. 

Search advocate: Liam Holmes, manager of advancement information systems and analytics.  

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