New chief human resources officer position filled

Correction: This story originally stated that the Board of Trustees approved the chief human resources officer position at the meeting on June 6, 2016. The position was actually approved on February 22, 2016. The salary and benefit package, worth $261,100, was approved on June 6, along with the rest of the budget.


The newly created position of chief human resources officer has been filled, according to a press release sent out by Scott Kunselman, Oakland University’s chief operating officer.

The position’s salary and benefit package totaling $261,100 was approved as part of the budget for fiscal year 2017 at yesterday’s Board of Trustees meeting. The total budget was approved at $263,572,470.

The position itself was approved at the board of trustees meeting on February 22, 2016, according to Mark Schlussel, chair of the board.

According to the press release, Libby Ciliberti was selected after a nationally advertised search drew 73 applicants, 48 of which OU decided were qualified. Ten applicants were interviewed and four were brought to campus for additional interviews and open meetings.

“[Ciliberti’s] technical skills, multi-cultural experience and collaborative work style are compatible with the service-oriented mission of our organization,” Kunselman wrote in the release.

Ciliberti is no stranger to human resources. She was most recently head of human resources for Global Jeep and Ram Brands, International Operations, and the Asia Pacific Region at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, where she has worked since 1985, according to the release.

“I am excited about a new position in a dynamic educational environment where I feel the passion and energy of the student body and in which I can bring my 30 plus years of service-oriented experience to create synergies in HR processes and systems,” she stated in the release.

While the board approved the budget with this position’s salary and benefits, Trustee Ronald E. Robinson said he didn’t see the need for such a position and therefore voted against the approval of the budget.

The rest of the board was in favor of the position’s addition to the budget. Kunselman, President George Hynd and James Lentini, senior vice president for academic affairs and provost, also voiced their approval at the meeting.

The position appointment will be effective July 11. The Post will continue to provide updates as more information becomes available.