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New Assistant Vice President for Human Resources Announced at Bay Path University

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Longmeadow, MA (February 2021)— Javier Padilla, JD, a human resources and talent manager with almost 20 years of combined broad human resources experience, and 10-plus years in management/leadership roles, has been named assistant vice president and director of human resources at Bay Path University.  Padilla, who most recently served as the chief human resources/talent officer for the Norwalk Public Schools, Norwalk, CT, assumed his duties in December 2020.

Padilla brings many strengths to the position including experience in change management, workforce planning, customer service, employee benefits and compensation, employee relations, contract negotiations, talent acquisition, diversity and inclusion, and HR analytics and technology, among others.  In his career, he has worked in the fields of education, healthcare, industry, and insurance.

“There are multiple reasons for accepting the opportunity to serve Bay Path,” states Padilla.  “As a first-generation college graduate, I know Bay Path is committed to providing educational access and opportunities to students.  Its commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion were a key component of the interview process, and this priority is consistent with my personal values. And certainly, Bay Path’s continued vision of innovation and transformation will create an indispensable value proposition to students – and employees. It’s great to be a part of this organization."

In his new role, Padilla will lead the human resources division in fostering collaborations and partnerships with departments and areas across the University in support of Bay Path’s mission and strategic plan.  He will also implement HR policies, practices and technologies, enhance customer service, support employee engagement, and build a diverse workforce.

 "Javier Padilla brings an impressive background in human resources, and he also has substantial experience working with diversity initiatives and has a keen understanding of our commitment to inclusive excellence," said Bay Path University President Sandra J. Doran. "His operational and strategic leadership experiences will be valuable in envisioning and implementing innovative human resources services and systems that not only meet our strategic institutional goals, but, most importantly, enhance the lives of members of the Bay Path community."

Padilla holds a Juris Doctorate from Western New England School of Law, and a bachelor’s degree in political science/Spanish from the University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT.  A member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), Padilla is also a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach, accredited by the International Coach Federation, and a Certified Strategic Workforce Planner, accredited by the Human Capital Institute.


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 About Bay Path University

Bay Path University was founded in 1897. With locations in Longmeadow (main), East Longmeadow (Philip H. Ryan Health Science Center), Springfield (MA), Sturbridge (MA), and Concord (MA), Bay Path’s innovative program offerings include traditional undergraduate degrees for women, The American Women's College on-ground and online, the first all-women, all-online accredited bachelor’s degree programs in the country; over 30 graduate programs for women and men, including doctorate degrees; and Strategic Alliances, offering professional development courses for individuals and organizations.  Bay Path’s goal is to give students confidence in the fundamentals of their chosen field, the curiosity to question the ordinary, the leadership to show initiative, and the desire to make a difference