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Human Resources

Office of Human Resources

Welcome to the Georgia Highlands College Human Resource Website! We are glad you are visiting these electronic pages. We hope that you visit us in person, or call us (706-802-5136), if we can provide any level of assistance to you. †

The Office of Human Resourcesí exists to support and influence a culture of excellence, respect and inclusiveness by delivering valuable and innovative Human Resource services and consultation which are clearly aligned with the strategic direction of the institution; which create and sustain an environment where leaders, at all levels, are fully prepared to manage, and lead, and where both faculty and staff thrive. If you need information that you do not see on our webpages, send an email to†hr@highlands.edu†and our staff will respond.

Virginia H. Siler, SPHR
Georgia Highlands College

Human Resources Leadership

VP/Chief Human Resource Officer
Virginia H. Siler, SPHR

404-510-4306 - Mobile
706-802-5134 - Rome

  • Provides consultation to the President and executive leadership on topics related to the institutionís human capital
  • Provides leadership on matters of strategic planning, policy development and implementation in support of short and long-term strategic initiatives
  • Directs the talent acquisition and development work of the organization with the aim to create a diverse, inclusive and highly skilled workforce; components of this function include selection and workforce planning, professional and leadership development, succession planning and performance management
  • Champions the concept development of systems to streamline and automate Human Resource functions and alleviate manual process requirements of managers
  • Creates Human Resource budgets that support the strategic direction of the institution; directs the budget maintenance, adjustments and re-forecasting
  • Develops the Human Resource organizationís structure and role design; supervises, directs and provides for the development of H.R. staff
  • Oversees the compensation and benefit functions including the development of short and long term plans for these functions
  • Functions as the institution's Title IX Coordinator

Diversity and Compliance

Human Resources Director
Faith Miller


  • Serves as a deputy Title IX coordinator; consults with assigned clients on employee relations issues; investigates ethics line reports and provides consultation to resolve identified issues
  • Reviews existing institution and university system policies and guidelines; makes recommendations for changes; researches and develops new policies, procedures and processes
  • Ethics line investigations
  • HR-Focused Diversity Initiatives
  • HR Generalist supporting the following client groups: Humanities; Math; Natural Sciences and PE; Student Affairs; Finance and Administration (excluding Plant Ops/Custodial/Campus Safety); and Student Success

Learning and Development

Human Resources Manager
Terri Cavender

706-802-5195 - Floyd and Heritage Hall


  • Assesses training and development needs of employees and managers; designs, develops, and delivers learning solutions to strengthen skills and knowledge to meet annual and professional development goals; interfaces with the Professional Development Center to obtain courses needed for GHC employees; manages SkillSoft utilization and function as internal subject matter expert; sources internal and external training resources to support the needs of the institution; coordinates the Tuition Assistance Program;†
  • Manages the annual compliance program including adding and updating content, monitoring for employee completion and resolving system challenges
  • Functions as the internal expert on USG benefits and retirement programs; interface with the Shared Service Center and USG system office on all aspects of benefit administration
  • Provides supervision and guidance to the HRS function ensuring accurate and timely input of data and record keeping
  • HR Generalist supporting the following client groups: †Dental Hygiene; Nursing; eLearning; Social Science, Business and Education; Library; Advancement; Information Technology; Plant Ops/Custodial/Campus Safety

Talent Acquisition

Human Resources Coordinator



  • Leads and organizes the institutionís recruiting and selection processes
  • Completes employment verifications
  • Functions as the internal expert on the applicant management system, PeopleAdmin
  • Teaches new users how to use system, resolves problems, manages the online processes
  • Consults with selection chairs and committee members on hiring processes
  • Places advertisements for full and part-time openings
  • Processes background, credit, and motor vehicle records checks
  • Answers telephone and greets visitors; provides information and assistance; sorts and distributes mail; maintains department supply inventory; purchases supplies as needed
  • Maintains Human Resource budget information and provides updates to leadership
  • Administers employees leave of absence; communicates with employees and supervisor to identify leave applicability; determines eligibility; processes requests and paperwork; maintains related documentation; tracks time missed and keep management advised of status
  • Administers shared sick leave policy

HRS and Wellness

Human Resources Analyst
Emily Farmer



  • Processes employee data into Human Resource Systems (HRS) including individual and group changes and position data or rate changes pertaining to new hires, rehires, terminations, transfers, retirements, and other status changes
  • Coordinates and verifies Human Resources data annually for the IPEDS reports
  • Coordinates TAP applications
  • Reviews payroll reports

Page last updated: March 13, 2018