WVU Extension Service –
Director of Human Resources
Working to keep the faculty and staff of West Virginia University’s third largest academic unit organized and operational is what Kim Suder, West Virginia University Extension Service human resources director, helps to accomplish every day.
“WVU Extension’s people are its biggest assets, and they are the greatest driving-force behind the organization’s statewide initiatives, programs and accomplishments,” Suder said.
Providing support to the nearly 400 WVU Extension employees across the state can be challenging, but Suder explains that supporting WVU Extension employees with all types of employer-employee relations helps keep the organization functioning efficiently.
“Effective employee relations leads to a smooth running organization which allows WVU Extension Service employees to carry on their responsibility of serving the people of West Virginia,” Suder said.
One of her tasks at WVU Extension Service is to find qualified individualsboth locally and nationwideto work on WVU’s Campus and across the state of West Virginia in each of WVU Extension’s local county offices.
She explains how important it is to find and hire the right person to fill job positions at WVU Extension.
“WVU Extension Service’s network of employees is intertwined with communities throughout the state of West Virginia. It’s important that we hire the best people to assist individuals and communities with their needs,” Suder remarked.
Along with the management of hundreds of current WVU Extension employees, Suder also assists in working with thousands of former and retired employees and manages the organization’s overall employment practices.
Some of these employment practices include implementing and conducting new employee orientation, developing and tracking the background checks for more than 8,000 volunteers across the state and guiding faculty in the rank and tenure process.
Suder served as an instructor for University-level courses at WVU, like Principles of Cooperative Extension, where students learn the history, philosophy and mission of the Cooperative Extension.
She has also helped 4-H youth learn proper resume writing and interview techniques at WVU Extension events, like Teen Leader Weekend.
Suder has earned a master’s degree in Community Health Research and a Regent’s Bachelor of Arts degree from WVU, and served on numerous WVU committees including the Capital Campaign, Diversity Week, Council for Women’s Concerns and WVU-ES Staff Association.
To reach Suder, call 304-293-8613 or e-mail Kimberly.Suder@mail.wvu.edu.