January 2013
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By Cherise Rhyns, manager, HR Communications
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Michael McFadden

Meet Michael McFadden, Interim Chief Human Resources Officer

Michael McFadden, interim vice president and chief human resources officer for Howard University, has served as a leader in human resources for nearly 40 years. McFadden’s experience includes positions at both academic and medical institutions, an ideal combination for the person at the helm of human resources for Howard University and Howard University Hospital. Prior to joining the University, McFadden was vice president and chief human resources officer at Georgetown University Medical Center for almost a decade, following vice president positions at Dimensions Healthcare Systems and Mercy Health Corporation.

McFadden has a strategic leadership style that reflects a committed focus on aligning human resources operations with enterprise-wide strategies and objectives. Additionally, employee engagement and recognition are areas that he is committed to expanding at the University. During his time at Howard, he has been key to the successful implementation of the business partner model and the unification of human resources at the Hospital and the University. 


Elizabeth “Liz” Banks

Employee Spotlight: Elizabeth Banks

Elizabeth “Liz” Banks is a senior employee relations specialist in the Department of Employee Relations. Prior to joining the staff of the Office of Human Resources in 2005, Banks held positions in Accounts Payable, first as a receptionist and later as an account technician. Some of the responsibilities of her position include providing guidance to senior management on the best way to approach and resolve employee conflicts, processing employee disciplinary actions, managing Family Medical Leave Act and Employee Assistance Program requests and counseling employees concerning work-related problems. 

“I enjoy my position because I am able to be a positive influence for the employees that seek assistance from the Department of Employee Relations,” says Banks. “I like helping people. I’d love to own and operate a facility for teens at risk, so that they stay out of trouble and make positive contributions to society.”

A native of northeast Washington, D.C., Banks graduated from the University of the District of Columbia with a bachelor’s degree in administration of criminal justice. Her family is very important to her and she says that she spends her time away from the University creating memories with them. 

Although Banks is an outstanding, dedicated employee, she acknowledges being  “Mommy” to her two sons as her primary job. 

“My best memory is giving birth to my first born,” says Banks. 

Banks was asked if she ever won the lottery, what would she do? "Make sure my entire family and close friends are financially taken care of, donate funds to both of my son’s schools and build a wing in my youngest son’s name at Children’s Hospital," says Banks.

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