University of Louisville appoints VP for human resources

Mary Elizabeth Miles
Mary Elizabeth Miles

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — University of Louisville President Neeli Bendapudi has appointed veteran human resource management professional Mary Elizabeth Miles to serve as vice president for human resources. Miles has served as interim associate vice president for human resources since August 2019. Her appointment is effective Aug. 1.

In announcing the appointment, Bendapudi cited Miles’s advocacy of faculty and staff development and her thoughtful and quick efforts to develop policies and action plans to address faculty and staff issues during the recent shift to remote-work and online-only teaching environments.

“I am excited that Mary Elizabeth has accepted this important position,” Bendapudi said. “Our faculty and staff deserve an outstanding leader who is constantly looking out for their best interest. In her time as interim head of HR, Mary Elizabeth has proven to be a strong advocate for all employees. She is a strategic thinker who has been invaluable as an adviser to me and the leadership team, particularly as we have navigated the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Miles has almost 20 years experience in human resources management, including 10 at UofL, where she has served as director of employee relations, staff development and talent management. In those roles, she focused on areas including employee relations, conflict management, policy development, EEO/labor law compliance and staff development. She also has served as the university deputy Title IX coordinator and EEO Officer.

Before joining UofL, her roles ranged from working as a labor relations and contract administrator for Louisville Metro Parks to director of the Community Action Agency, which coordinates and addresses the conditions of poverty affecting Jefferson County and its residents.

She earned her bachelor of arts in sociology and a master of science in justice administration from UofL, and she is a trained mediator for ADA workplace disputes and divorce and child custody in Kentucky.

“I am grateful for the opportunity and humbled to be chosen to serve the university as its chief human resources officer,” Miles said. “I look forward to continuing to work alongside an amazing HR team for the benefit of the university and its faculty and staff.”