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Dana Stockton,
Alumni May 2019

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

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, Alumni 2014

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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