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Alan Bridge Will Retire

011911Feature_AlanBridgeAlan Bridge, associate vice chancellor for human resources, will retire effective Feb. 1.

He has held the position since Oct. 1, 1994. Prior to coming to UNCG, he had been director of human resources at California State Polytechnic University Pomona for six years. Earlier, he had been director of human resources for the City of Salt Lake City, Utah, for eight years. As he noted last week, “I have been in the HR profession for a total of 33.5 years.”

Reade Taylor, vice chancellor for business affairs, said, “Just since I have been vice chancellor, Alan has endorsed the use of technology – including BannerHR and PeopleAdmin – and simultaneously took on projects he referred to as the 4 “B’s”: Banner, Banding, Bird Flu, and Background Checks. More recently, even as his staff was reduced, he volunteered HRS to assume the I-9 and Banner entry process for student employees. He has represented UNCG and the UNC system on several UNC system-wide as well as OSP state wide committees. My executive staff colleagues and I will miss his counsel especially given the significant budget challenges that lie ahead.”

Bridge holds a bachelor’s degree in personnel management with an emphasis in labor relations from the University of Utah and a masters’ of arts degree from Brigham Young University in organizational behavior with emphasis in personnel management.

Key initiatives and accomplishments during his tenure include:

  • Implementing the Career Banding Classification System for SPA employees, a project from 2003 to 2008
  • Chairing the committee to create the UNCG Staff Council, later becoming UNCG Staff Senate
  • Successfully completing two major OFCCP (Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs) audits in 2002 and 2007 with no negative findings
  • Creating the HR Liaison group, one of the major communication pathways to provide information to all campus constituencies
  • Developing the UNCG Service Pin program including the design of the service pin.
  • For the past 16 years UNCG has had the lowest number of grievances of any state agency or university in the State of North Carolina, averaging less than three grievances per year.

CW asked him what he was most proud of at Human Resource Services during his tenure.

“Probably the accomplishment I am most proud of is the creation of the UNCG Employee Loan Fund, acronym ‘Elf’ Loan. This program was begun with a loan from Chancellor Sullivan from her discretionary account in the amount of $3,000. This was to be paid back once enough funds were raised from donations from UNCG employees. Not only did we pay back Chancellor Sullivan the first year, but the loan fund has grown to over $50,000 from the continuing generous donations of UNCG staff and faculty. What started out as a small fund to help a few employees who might fall on hard times by making up to $500 interest free loans has grown considerably. Unfortunately, due to the state of the economy, all loan funds are continuously loaned out these days, but what a wonderful feeling to know that UNCG employees can help their fellow workers in times of financial distress with a ‘hand up’ instead of a ‘hand out’.”

He has served on various committees, including the UNCG SACS Re-accreditation Committee, UNCG NCAA Accreditation Committee, UNC Tomorrow Committee, UNCG 1998-2003, 2003-2008 and 2009-2014 Strategic Planning Committees, UNC HR Policy Committee (chair), Office of State Personnel HR Policy Committee (chair), Office of State Personnel Compensation Committee (co-chair) and UNC Police Compensation Study Commission (chair).

As for his plans in retirement, he told CW he had lived in Japan 2 1/2 years as a missionary, before attending college. “My wife and I will be leaving for Japan for a two year mission within a couple of months following my retirement.”

Bridge’s last day on campus will be Jan. 31, he said.

By Mike Harris