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With almost 900 employees spread over five campuses in four different counties, the task of leading the human resources department at North Central Texas College can be a daunting one. But new Associate Vice-President of Human Resources and Organizational Development Bill Winans is up to the task.
Winans was recently hired to the newly-created position at NCTC and started Oct. 1. The Minnesota native, who currently lives in Denton, has 23 years of business management experience with 18 years in a director role overseeing all aspects of human resource management.
Although he has only been on the job a short time, he says he already feels welcome at NCTC.
“My first impression is that everyone has been extremely inviting and very cordial, which I really appreciated because you don’t get that a lot in public sector work,” Winans said. “It’s a completely different atmosphere than the normal corporate grind. What I have found here is that it’s far more methodical. And while it’s still results-driven, the pressure isn’t there to make the company a half-a-million dollars out of my role. This particular position is as much about saving money. How can HR leverage talent and use cost-savings measures that will actually earn by saving.”
Winans, who recently received his Master’s degree in Human Resource Management from Excelsior College, was the Executive Director and Facility Supervisor for WinCare, Inc., in Minnesota before moving to Texas in April 2012 when his wife was offered a job with Texas Health Resources.
Now, he will work with the college’s 873 employees in Gainesville, Corinth, Flower Mound, Bowie and Graham not only as the human resources director, but also the director of organizational management.
“The organizational development piece is going to be working with the folks here that do professional development for the staff,” he said. “Also, doing some career planning for our staff and also doing succession planning for the college. Where can we leverage our talent, who do we build, who do we bring up to that next level so that when we have higher-level positions open, who within the college is prepared to step into that role and what do we do to take the person who we see as a high performer, and prepare them to make that transition.”
Winans says one of his goals is to make dealing with HR a pleasant experience for NCTC employees and work on relationship building.
“Human resources is supposed to be accommodating. It is supposed to be a liaison between the administration and the employee pool,” he said. “So really we are here to work for the employee as much as we are here to save the institution in cost-savings measures. We’re here to advocate for the employee and really strengthen the relationship between the organization and the employee.
“We want it to be a fun experience and a healthy work environment. That means taking away as much of the tensions as we can and replacing that with positive things. That can be as simple as attending functions and being visible. I’m not really an office-sitter. While I will be in an awful lot of planning meetings, I intend to be visible to the variousdepartments and all five campuses.”
Winans says he has an open-door policy for NCTC employees and invites anyone with a question or concern to contact him at 940-668-3353 or via email at email@example.com.
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