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Portrait Gallery: Brandi Renton, acting director, Campus HR

Brandi Renton, Campus HR, UNT System Human Resources(Editor's note: Renton was named Senior Director, UNT Human Resources, on Oct. 28, 2013.)

Brandi Renton is acting director of Campus HR at the University of North Texas. Campus HR is part of the reconfigured UNT System Human Resources Department, which serves more than 10,000 employees on all UNT campuses.

What is your title and role in HR?

I’ve been acting director for the Campus HR department since March 2013. My primary role has been to work with the UNT System administration, Vice Chancellor Allen Clemson and the new HR managers to help with the transition to a shared service.

UNT System Human Resources provides HR services to all campuses – Denton, UNT Health Science Center, UNT Dallas and the UNT System administration. We are located in Fort Worth, but each campus has an HR office and staff, along with new departments. At UNT, we’re in Marquis Hall, Room 108.

What has been the most challenging part of the HR transition?

The most challenging part of the transition has been doing our best to maintain a high level of customer service while dealing with staffing challenges, as well as the transition from a campus function to a system function.  The campus has been extremely patient throughout this process and continues to provide support.

How long have you worked at UNT, what is your education and training?

I have a bachelor’s degree in industrial health and safety from Oakland University and a master’s degree in business administration from Lawrence Technological University, both in the Detroit area. I’ve earned the PHR designation – Professional in Human Resources – from the Society for Human Resource Management.

After all those years in Michigan, I came to Texas. I joined UNT in 2009 as an HR generalist and was promoted to an HR manager position the following year.

Do you have a favorite project or success story from your career?

My favorite success story comes from my previous employer. I worked in the healthcare industry and supported several long-term care and assisted living facilities. During my first meeting with the executive director within our Detroit facility, she proceeded to explain how she despised HR and felt as though I was an unnecessary addition and would continue to serve as a roadblock, as HR had always been. 

It took a great deal of time, but I eventually won her over as well as gave her a new insight into how the HR function could assist and support her operation. Prior to my last day, she explained that she never thought anyone could ever change her mind, but I had done it. She had been provided a new perspective of HR and regained some value and trust in the function. As an HR professional, this is what we strive for – for collaboration and support, not to be a roadblock or to tell you how something will not work.

What do you do away from work?

I spend time working out, in particular I kickbox five days a week. Love to spend time with my family and go bowling, swimming and watch movies. Oh, yes, I enjoy quiet time whenever I can get it.

Tell us about your family.

I have a daughter who is 2 ½ years old and a new baby boy on the way, due in February. My husband and I have been married for four years. We are also very blessed to have our dog who serves as an additional child to my family, our 5-year old boxer, Sami.

It's not possible to know everyone on a big, busy campus. So InHouse periodically publishes Portrait Gallery features to help us learn about our colleagues and their contributions to the university's success. Send suggestions for Portrait Gallery subjects by email to InHouse with "Portrait Gallery" in the subject line.

Posted on: Tue 08 October 2013

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