Human Resources

Kenneth Johnson, Interim Chief Human Resources Officer
Don DeLuca, Assistant Director  
Patty Sallee, Benefits Program Manager
Jennifer Strauel, HR Operations

Human Resource Consultants

Erin Bailey - VP for Student Success, University Counsel, Graduate School, Libraries, University Programs
Angela Keene - College of Arts & Sciences, VP for Marketing & Communication
Quenna Norris-Thompson - Athletics, VP of Development, College of Health Sciences, College of Business & Technology
Emily Potter- VP for Finance & Administration, Facilities, Office of Budgeting, Human Resources, Information Technology, Public Safety, Conferencing & Events, Purchasing
Tarena Tyree - EKU Foundation, Internal Audit, University Counsel, Center for the Arts, Government Affairs, Regional Campuses, VP for Acadmics & Provost, College of Education, Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Institutional Research

Human Resources Mission

The Human Resources Department of Eastern Kentucky University provides high quality, customer focused, comprehensive human resource services to the University Community.


Providing employees with a benefits package designed to meet needs of employees and their families, from health, vision, and dental plans to retirement plans and more.


Managing the classification and compensation for all staff positions and the establishment of all staff job descriptions.

Employee Development

Providing training and learning opportunities to ensure effective employee performance, quality of worklife, and personal and professional growth of all EKU employees.

Employee Relations

Educating and guiding EKU employees and supervisors in a variety of employee relation’s issues such as grievances and FMLA and provide intervention services to promote positive work environments.


Educating and guiding potential EKU employees and supervisors on various employment processes ranging from applying for an EKU position, requesting new positions or replacements, to selecting qualified candidates. Employment provides guidance on staff recruitment sources and strategies.

Human Resource Information Systems

Striving to provide the highest level of efficiency with which data on employees and HR activities is compiled and maintained by automating HR activities and record-keeping processes.


Fostering an environment that enables EKU faculty and staff to embrace and engage in the wellness opportunities provided, leading to wise health care decisions, improved health status and overall improved quality of life.