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Ives Named to New Chief Inclusion & Human Resources Officer Post at Clarkson University

Suong Ives has been named to the new position of chief inclusion and human resources officer at Clarkson University, effective October 1. Ives will join Clarkson from the University of California Berkeley, where she served as director of campus shared service HR & academic personnel.

"In the past year, we re-evaluated how we address all issues related to people management and announced new initiatives to place more focus on inclusion, employee development and enhanced culture," said Clarkson President Tony Collins. "Chief among these was creating this new position of chief inclusion and human resources officer, who will create inclusion and human resources strategies for our entire Clarkson community. I look forward to working with Suong and the entire campus as we explore these new directions."

Among a variety of responsibilities, Ives will primarily develop people-related strategies and programs that support the goals and direction of the University, and to advance diversity and inclusion in all human resources programs. She will also lead the campus in creating and sustaining an inclusive, respectful culture that supports a positive environment for working and learning.

In her new role, Ives will also serve as the University’s primary voice on matters of equity, diversity, and inclusion -- educating constituents on and off campus. In doing this, Ives will be asked to communicate Clarkson’s inclusion plans and policies, which aspire to create a culture that values, supports, and affirms each member of the campus community.

“Clarkson has been creating a buzz in higher education for its innovative approaches to education over the last decade," said Ives. "This is backed up by the remarkable career success of its graduates, faculty and staff. The Clarkson community’s commitment to expanding its world view and cultural adeptness in global business and networking, as well as its rigorous academics and research, is unparalleled. It feels like I have spent my whole career collecting the skills and experiences for this role and I look forward to working collaboratively across campus.”

Born and raised in Vietnam, Ives was a member of the first class of women admitted to the four-year engineering program at the Phu Tho Polytechnic University in Saigon, graduating with her bachelor of science in civil engineering. She and her four siblings arrived in the United States in 1980, after spending two years in a refugee camp, like many other Vietnamese boat people -- refugees who fled Vietnam by boat and ship after the Vietnam War.

Ives went on to earn a bachelor of arts degree in business administration from Cleveland State University and a master of arts in human resources management from San Jose State University.

She brings more than 20 years of leadership experience to her new role and, in addition to UC Berkeley, has served at world class organizations in human resources, talent and inclusion, such as AT&T, France Telecom, Time Warner and New York University.

In her personal life, Ives has raised her two children as a single mom since they were toddlers. Her older child recently received her doctoral degree in veterinary medicine and is in clinical training in wildlife medicine at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her younger child is pursuing his bachelor of science degree in nursing.

Ives will replace Executive Director of Human Resources Marilyn Ardito, who announced her retirement last year.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in six alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world's pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

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