Oregon Institute of Technology recently hired Suzette Yaezenko as chief human resources and civil rights officer for the university, according to a news release.

Yaezenko will start with Oregon Tech on Sept. 6. She replaces Ron McCutcheon who was with the university for 20 years and retired from the position in June.

Yaezenko will provide leadership and administration of a wide range of human resources, civil rights, and labor relation services and act as the key advisor to college administrators across campus locations.

“This is an exciting time to work at Oregon Tech,” said Vice President Brian Fox. “Suzette’s experience makes her an exceptional leader who possesses a combination of deep institutional knowledge from leading northwest universities and a fresh eye to meeting Oregon Tech’s needs. Her forward-thinking approach will augment the great services provided by her office and staff.”

Yaezenko comes to Oregon Tech with over 20 years of strategic human resources, project leadership, and systems management experience, having served in leadership positions at both the University of Idaho and Washington State University. Prior to joining Oregon Tech, she was the director of human engagement at Washington State University and continues to run a private consulting business. In addition to her bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Management from Boise State University, she is a certified Professional in Human Resources (PHR and SHRM-CP) and an active member of the Society for Human Resource Management and member of the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources.