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  • NACE Names Executive Director

    BETHLEHEM, PA—Effective April 6, Shawn VanDerziel, SPHR, SHRM-CP, joins the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) as executive director.

    VanDerziel succeeds Marilyn Mackes, who retired earlier this month.

    As executive director, VanDerziel will lead the association of 13,500+ member professionals engaged in the career development and employment of college students and alumni. In addition, he will represent NACE at the Council of Higher Education Management Associations (CHEMA), the Coalition of Human Resource Management Associations (COHRMA), and the Washington Higher Education Secretariat.

    Prior to joining the NACE staff, VanDerziel was with the Field Museum, where he most recently served as chief human resources officer and as chief of staff for the 85-member Board of Trustees, driving strategic priorities and goals and delivering innovative solutions to enhance the overall museum experience for visitors, nearly 700 volunteers, 500 staff members, and 200 interns. His 23 years with the museum included experiences leading strategy, people, volunteers, marketing, educational programming, and technology functions.

    Earlier roles included a corporate recruiting position with Norrell Corporation and a position in higher education as associate director of student enrollment at National Louis University.

    VanDerziel also served as a volunteer leader on the NACE Board of Directors, including as vice president-employer (2004 – 2006) and as president-elect, president, and past-president (2008 – 2011). He also served on a variety of the association’s committees, including as chair of the inaugural Advocacy Advisory Committee. In 2014, he was inducted into the NACE Academy of Fellows in recognition of his contributions to the profession.

    VanDerziel is a graduate of Michigan State University, a senior professional in human resources through the HR Certification Institute, and a senior certified professional through the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

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