Rick Williams, who most recently worked in human resources at public accounting firm Sharrard, McGee & Co., started at Guilford College on Monday, July 21, as director of human resources and payroll.
Reporting to the vice president for finance, he will provide leadership and strategic direction in the human resources and payroll areas. He will coordinate staff recruitment, assist the academic dean with hiring faculty, administer the compensation and benefits programs, and manage the equal opportunity process, among other duties.
“Rick has a strong background in HR and is very involved in the Greensboro community,” said Jimmy Wilson ’84, interim vice president for finance. “I believe he’s the right person for this position and the right person for Guilford. He’s excited to get started.”
Rick has worked at Sharrard, McGee & Co., a firm with locations in Greensboro and High Point, since 2005, serving at various times as human resources generalist, consultant and firm administrator. He has effectively performed all human resource generalist functions, provided consulting and recruiting for external clients in a variety of industries, and worked closely with the company’s president on strategic planning and organizational development issues.
Earlier in his career, 1990-2005, he worked for Advanced Personnel Resources, an independent recruiting and staffing firm in Greensboro, where he served as administrative manager during his final five years. He also worked as a technical recruiter, staffing division manager and recruiting/staffing specialist.
Rick belongs to a number of civic and professional organizations, including the Human Resource Management Association of Greensboro. A member of the association since 2001, he was named its Human Resource Professional of the Year in 2009 and served as its president in 2010. He is currently serving as secretary of the North Carolina Society for Human Resource Management.
He earned the Senior Professional in Human Resources designation from the HR Certification Institute and a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Rick succeeds John Sanders, whose last day at Guilford was April 4. John returned to Ohio to be closer to family.