Jennifer Donnelly has been named Interim Vice President for Human Resource Services at Stony Brook University, effective January 15, 2024. A joint announcement was made November 30 by Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration Jed Shivers and Chief Deputy to the President/Senior Vice President for Government and Community Relations Judith Greiman.
Donnelly brings more than 25 years of experience as an innovative human resources executive and strategy consultant, along with extensive experience in building leading-edge workplace practices, implementing employer of choice/great workplace initiatives, creating high-performing work cultures, and demonstrated technical expertise in key HR areas. She will continue to champion the transformation of HR practices, structures, culture and programming at Stony Brook, work that has already begun under her predecessor, Lynn Johnson’s leadership. She will serve as a member of the University leadership team and will oversee talent acquisition/recruitment, total rewards, training, organizational development, employee engagement, payroll, appointments, HRIS/employee records, employee and labor relations, Healthier U and EAP.
Donnelly most recently served as senior vice president at The Segal Group in New York City, and has been working with SBU over the last three years on numerous HR initiatives, including HR NOW. Stony Brook benefited from her expertise in organization effectiveness, culture assessment and improvement, employee and labor relations, and organizational design. Donnelly has been a transformational leader in helping teams design strategies and tactics that will continue to be rolled out under her leadership in HR.
Prior to joining The Segal Group, Donnelly has served as a strategic partner and advisor to major corporations, public sector clients, and a diverse range of universities across the country, including many AAU research institutions. She spent three years as executive vice president at Excelcor, a leading professional services firm specializing in strategic planning and organizational improvement for a range of organizations. She also spent more than 12 years with the University at Buffalo, as the associate vice president of Human Resources, senior advisor to the president, and the director of Employee and Labor Relations. In this role, she served on the statewide bargaining team for United University Professions (UUP) and helped successfully negotiate several contracts.
With a BA in Political Science from SUNY Brockport and a JD from the University at Buffalo School of Law, Donnelly is also a member of the Board of Directors for the U.S. Olympic Bobsled and Skeleton team, serving as chair of the Strategic Planning, Compensation and Nominating Committees, and liaison for the Judicial and Ethics Committees.