New associate vice president for HR named

May 5, 2014 | News, UToday
By Meghan Cunningham

A human resources leader with vast experience in a variety of industries will join The University of Toledo as associate vice president for human resources and talent development.



Jovita A. Thomas-Williams, who is president and founder of the JTW Affiliates LLC, a management services firm specializing in strategic HR management, organizational effectiveness and innovative people systems in Birmingham, Mich., will start May 26.

Thomas-Williams’ career spans nearly 30 years and includes an impressive track record in HR strategic planning and business alignment, talent management, and the design and delivery of world-class HR programs and services. She is highly regarded as a contemporary HR leader skilled at balancing her role as strategist with that of chief employee advocate. During her career, Thomas-Williams has served in a variety of senior HR leadership capacities at both publicly traded and private firms spanning North and South America, Europe and Asia.

“I am excited to welcome Jovita to UT. She is an accomplished human resources executive with experience transforming human resources from an administrative function to a strategic operation in a variety of organizations and industries,” said David Morlock, UT executive vice president for finance and administration and CEO of UT Medical Center.

“I am thrilled to be joining UT as the associate vice president of human resources and talent development,” Thomas-Williams said. “It is clear that The University of Toledo will continue to shape the future of higher education and health care and lead cutting-edge technology and research while laying a solid foundation for tomorrow’s leaders in a variety of fields. I am honored to partner with the UT community and members of its leadership team to ensure HR’s support of its mission and vision and to drive university-wide success.“

In 2007, Thomas-Williams established JTW Affiliates to address the needs of evolving organizations using innovative HR solutions to achieve strategic objectives while driving operational and employee excellence. Some of her clients include Morgan Stanley, PepsiCo. Inc., the Walt Disney Co. and McDonald’s USA LLC.

Thomas-Williams established JTW Affiliates following more than 20 years of successful global HR leadership at internationally recognized, industry-leading companies, including MGM MIRAGE (now MGM Resorts International) in Las Vegas, Textron Inc. in Providence, R.I., and Ford Motor Co. in Dearborn, Mich.

Thomas-Williams received an MBA and master of industrial and labor relations degree from Cornell University and a bachelor of science degree from Tuskegee Institute. Additionally, she is a recipient of both the senior professional in human resources and global professional in human resources certifications.

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