About HR


The people who work at the University of Oregon
are our competitive advantage.

Together, we are transforming today's students
into tomorrow's leaders.

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Our Mission

To strategically partner with the university community as a comprehensive, innovative, and results-oriented resource modeled on the very best human resources practices. We deliver a variety of services and programs which underscore a commitment to inclusiveness, respect, fairness, and accountability.

Our Vision

We strive to be proactive, consultative partners meeting the needs of employees and operations across the institution. Human Resources will lead efforts to attract, retain, develop, and engage world class faculty and staff by:

  1. Providing professional consultation to maximize organizational performance and guide strategic decision-making.
  2. Communicating openly and effectively with the campus community.
  3. Fostering a workplace environment which maximizes employee contributions to teaching, research, and service.
  4. Offering a variety of programs and educational opportunities to connect employees with the university both professionally and personally.

Human Resources Leadership

Mark Schmelz

Mark Schmelz, Chief Human Resources Officer

Mark recently joined the University of Oregon with 20 years of experience in human resources, including 11 years leading employee and labor relations efforts in higher education. Most recently, he was the Chief Human Resources Officer for the University of Maine system, which has seven universities, as well as a law school and an additional 31 course sites, and a population of more than 29,000 students and approximately 5,400 employees. Mark holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Shippensburg University.

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HR Leadership Team: Missy Matella, Nancy Nieraeth, Sonia Potter, Kaia Rogers

Employee & Labor Relations

Missy Matella, Senior Director

Union Negotiations
Grievance Management
Conflict Resolution
Policy Administration

Employee & Labor Relations Staff
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Talent Acquisition

Nancy Nieraeth, Director

Hiring and Selection
Global Workforce
Classification and Compensation
International Employment

Talent Acquisition Staff
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HR Operations

Sonia Potter, Director

Personnel Actions
Contract Renewal
Data Analysis and Reporting

HR Operations Staff
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HR Programs & Services

Kaia Rogers, Senior Director

Benefits & Medical Leaves
Employee Recognition
Work-Life Resources
HR Service Center
Learning and Development
Strategic Initiatives

HR Programs & Services Staff
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