Marshall University promotes 2 officials to new roles

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Two Marshall University officials have received new positions.

Bruce Felder (Marshall University)

President Brad Smith announced this week that director of human resources Bruce Felder has been promoted to become the institution’s first chief talent and diversity, equity and inclusion officer, and Ginny Painter — who currently serves as senior vice president for communications and marketing — will become chief of staff. Felder and Painter will take their new positions on July 2.

“The evolution of the university’s organization structure, which includes the announcements we’re making today, allows for realignment of existing resources and permits the university to develop new areas of emphasis and focus,” Smith said in a release. “Both Bruce Felder and Ginny Painter are forward-thinking, strategic-minded individuals who are perfectly prepared to help lead Marshall in these new capacities.”

Ginny Painter (Marshall University)

Felder joined Marshall University in 2014 after serving as Cabell Huntington Hospital’s manager of human resources. Painter took her position as senior vice president the same year and has experience with the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, the University of Charleston, Marshall University Research Corporation and the state Division of Culture and History.

Marshall University is also conducting national searches for several top-level positions, including chief marketing and communications officer, chief information officer, and chief financial officer. According to the institution, the positions should be filled by late September.

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