Brenda J. Smith is the interim vice president for Human Resource Management and Labor Relations. She oversees the management of all HR functions, including faculty and staff recruitment and hiring, performance appraisals, compensation, employee training, benefits administration, human resource information systems, and labor relations with an emphasis on collective bargaining agreements and negotiations.
Smith has been an assistant professor at both Endicott College and Salem State University and has designed and taught master's degree courses as an adjunct professor in the human resource management programs at Suffolk University, North Idaho College, and Webster University.
She began her career as an assistant Massachusetts attorney general in the Civil Rights Division. She has held human resources leadership positions at Brandeis University, Casa Myrna Vasquez Women’s Shelter, North Idaho College, and Pearson, Inc. Smith was the founding executive director and an assistant professor of business at the Angle Center for Entrepreneurship at Endicott College, where she created a regionally recognized innovative experiential learning program.
Smith has trained thousands of employees and managers throughout the country on topics including harassment, immigration, discrimination, and diversity. For more than 18 years, she has served as a human resource executive, consultant, and employment law facilitator for large public universities, including Idaho State and Washington State; corporations such as Boeing Aircraft and the Baltimore Orioles; and state legislatures in Maine, California, and Washington.
Smith earned a bachelor’s degree in public relations from Northern Arizona University, a master’s in human resources from Northeastern University, and a Juris Doctor from the New England School of Law.