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David Avdul named interim vice president of human resources

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(DePaul University/Jeff Carrion)

David Avdul, currently director of compensation and HR Central, has been appointed as interim vice president of human resources, effective July 1, following the retirement of Stephanie Smith.

An accomplished human resources professional with more than 25 years of experience, Avdul has served in his current role since 2018. He joined the university in 2016 as director of compensation.

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David Avdul (DePaul University/Jeff Carrion)

During his time at DePaul, Avdul has overseen the development, implementation and maintenance of pay strategies and practices to ensure that employees are rewarded appropriately. His specific responsibilities have encompassed leadership of the annual salary planning process, management of the special reward and recognition program and the collection and analysis of annual wage and salary survey data to maintain market competitiveness. Avdul played an instrumental role in the rollout of DePaul's revised staff compensation program in 2016.

As the leader of HR Central, Avdul oversees all HR-specific transactions and data management within the university, ensuring compliance, effectiveness and efficiency. Most recently, he served as the project manager for the Human Resources Service Delivery platform implementation within ServiceNow.

Avdul is an adjunct faculty member and active researcher in the Driehaus College of Business. He teaches human resources and related courses and has published articles on such topics as pay equity, managing in a remote or hybrid workplace and global leadership.

Prior to joining DePaul, Avdul held a variety of human resources positions in the financial services and medical device industries, including Everen Securities, HSBC, Beltone Electronics and Hu-Friedy (now a part of Cantel Medical). He is a Certified Compensation Professional as well as a Certified Benefits Professional through World at Work.

He obtained a bachelor's degree in political science from Indiana University, a master's degree in human resources from Loyola University and a PhD in organizational leadership from the Indiana Institute of Technology.

"I have the utmost confidence in David to lead the university's work in human resources and continue to build upon the solid foundation that Stephanie established," says Sherri Sidler, executive vice president and chief financial officer.

More information about the search process for the vice president of human resources will be shared when it's available.