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William Stadler,
Fall 2017 MSHR Alumni

William Stadler has worked in various disciplines throughout his career from technical design engineering to software solution sales, coaching and mentoring. From a career spanning over 15 years, nothing has brought him greater satisfaction than Human Resources, which was the catalyst for him joining the WCU's Master's in HR program (MSHR) in 2016. Upon completion of the program, he has built HR departments from the ground up in several different industries, including manufacturing and distribution, marketing and advertising, and software as a service. The ability to utilize strategic HR to meet business needs and client needs, in William’s estimation, is highly attributed to his consulting coursework in the MSHR program's HR Consulting Initiative, which has given him the tools to analyze complex problems and provide impactful solutions to those problems. Today, William works as an HR Business Partner at the open-source software organization Red Hat (an IBM company), focusing on strategic people development and scalable organization development. This has been William's dream job for many years and he attributes his success to the strong foundation he acquired through the MSHR program.

William Stadler Fall 2017 HR Alumnus

William Stadler      



“The most important thing about Human Resources is being authentic. The HR Consulting coursework in the MSHR program taught me the importance of being true to my values and to the values of the clients I support. Without question, this has been my guiding principle in every conversation I have, in every platform I build, and in every decision I make.”





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As a graduating member of the MSHR community from the class of 2015, I am pleased to share my post-graduation story.

Caroline Skinner,
2015 MSHR Alumni

EVP & Chief of Staff, Tupelo Honey, Asheville

Shortly after graduation, I joined Asheville, NC based Tupelo Honey Hospitality as the founding HR team member where I’ve spent the past 7 years building at world-class people-centric organization. I am very pleased to share a few exciting announcements to culminate the last 7 years of hard work. This past January 2020 I was awarded the OnCon Icon Award as - Top 25 HR Professional. Award Winners were determined from over 4,500 votes, and selection based off of a peer recognition of performance, impact and contributions. Winners represent many of the most senior leaders from the world’s top organization. Perhaps even more exciting in February of 2020 my organization, Tupelo Honey, was awarded the  2020 Best Places to Work Award issued by the Business Intelligence Group, as voted on by our team members. I am so appreciative of the solid foundation for HR Leadership and business acumen that my professors, peers, and community through the WCU MSHR program provided me and am looking forward with much anticipation and excitement for the future of our company, as well as the many companies who will benefit from the past and future graduates of the MSHR program at WCU. 


Dana Stockton,
May 2019 MSHR Alumni

2019 Graduate Commencement Speaker

Dana Stockton enrolled in WCU's MSHR program in January 2016, which supported his successful transition from the U.S. Marine Corps in 2017.

Since Dana left active duty, he has held HR manager roles in the aerospace and defense industry. He started working at Northrop Grumman in the Washington, D.C. area supporting a line of business that focused on aircraft systems modernization and maintenance.

In November 2018 Dana started a new role as a HR Manager at Harris Corporation in Palm Bay, Florida supporting multiple business areas within the Space and Intelligence Systems segment. Dana holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master of Arts from Liberty University.

His academic and professional goals include attaining a PHD and focusing his career on organizational development and effectiveness.

Dana Stockton May 2019 HR Alumnus

Dana Stockton 






Logan Jarrell, 2018 MSHR Alumni

Logan Jarrell

Logan Jarrell,
2018 MSHR Alumni

Regional HR Business Partner, Aprio

Following the completion of my MSHR in 2018, I advanced my scope of work and experience in my former HR Generalist positon. I recently accepted the position of Regional HR Business Partner for a growing organization in the professional services industry. I'm confident the MSHR program helped to shape my strategic HR thought process, which is what set me apart from other applicants. I'm looking forward to continuing my growth path and this new endeavor.

Quotes from Graduates

  • "You get what you put in! Some of the courses are very challenging, but taking the time to do the reading and reflection will ensure that you really extract the value from each course. Also, if you have a career change during the program, don't quit! I started out in an HR related role and moved into one non-HR related. I'm so glad I didn't quit. Completing the program has given me not only a great sense of accomplishment but also a lot of business acumen and leadership skill that I can take with me into any role I choose to pursue." Spring 2019 alumna
  • "HR is much more than just working with people. If you haven't already become comfortable with research as an undergrad, do so now. Read all the material required, but go out and research more to gain a better perspective of HR and its practices outside the classroom. There isn't only one right way to do anything, so find what method(s) work best for you." Spring 2019 alumna
  • "The HR Consulting and Advanced HR Consulting experiences through the MSHR program have allowed me to gain confidence in my HR knowledge and application. Providing HR solutions for organizations that have unique needs yields a rich learning experience that cannot be replicated by conventional coursework." Logan M. Jarrell, MSHR Class of Fall 2018
  • The MSHR Consulting Course at WCU has been one of my most favorite courses in the program. 

     I love the hands-on experience and it gave me the confidence to see that I can achieve any of my goals as a human resource professional. Katelyn Kasper, MSHR Class of Fall 2018

  • One of my favorite courses within WCU’s MSHR program was HR 671. 

    You gain not only the confidence and know how to address a nonprofit’s needs and concerns, but valuable 

    HR experience and professional contacts that will help you with future work endeavors post-graduation. Brittany Noll, MSHR Class of Fall 2018


Alex Hall, 2014 MSHR Alumni

Alex was an active pro bono HR consultant for the MSHR Consulting Initiative, a service for which he received the WCU Peak Performer award in 2015. He was also a member of the MSHR Advisory Board. He graduated from our MSHR program in the Summer of 2014.

Alex's accomplishments include the design of an enterprise-wide competency model for Liberty Mutual’s Global Operations, management of the job-specific competency program, Vice Chair of Engagement & Operations for the company’s LGBT Employee Resource Group, and was promoted January 1, 2017 to Senior Program Manager for Performance & Talent Evaluation.

He has recently been promoted (January 2019) to serve as the Global Leadership, Learning and Talent organization's Chief of Staff at Liberty Mutual Insurance. He will have oversight of budget, space planning, communications, strategic calendar and project prioritization across the team. He will also be leading the wrap-up of a 3-year strategy design.

Alex Hall

Alex Hall, MSHR Alumnus

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