Lander University announced today the promotion of London Goode Thomas to Director of Human Resources.
Thomas joined the Lander family in 2013 as benefits manager, and since then, has steadily increased her level of responsibilities, including serving as Interim Director of Human Resource since August.
As director, Thomas is responsible for planning, developing and implementing human resource policies, procedures and programs, and provides day-to-day leadership and oversight of Lander’s Human Resources Department.
“My vision for Lander is to facilitate the development of a highly motivated, well-compensated and diverse workforce that drives Lander to the forefront of comprehensive universities in the South,” said Thomas.
Thomas has more than 25 years of professional experience in managing, directing and implementing human resource policies and procedures. Prior to joining Lander, she worked for 23 years in several statewide regional locations for the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), and one year for Manpower.
“Lander University has amazing faculty and staff, and it is a testament to Lander that, in a pool of exceptional candidates, we had the most qualified and capable candidate right within our campus community,” said Lander President Richard Cosentino.
A Greenwood native, Thomas graduated from Greenwood High School before earning her associate degree in business administration/marketing from Piedmont Technical College in 1988; her bachelor of science in business administration from Limestone College 1994; and a master of arts degree in human resources management and human resources development from Webster University in 2003.
Active in her community, Thomas has served as board member for the United Way, the Greenwood County Community Foundation and the Greenwood Regional Human Resources Committee.
“We are pleased to have the opportunity to promote from within,” said Crystal Rookard, vice president and general counsel for Lander. “She brings a wealth of knowledge to this important role at the University. She is highly competent, professional and a pleasure to work with.”