Yohna Chambers has been named assistant vice president of human resources at Virginia Tech.

"Yohna’s depth of university HR experience, including prior experience at a land grant university, combined with her passion for the profession will bring an immediate benefit to Virginia Tech,” said Hal Irvin, associate vice president of human resources.

In her new position, Chambers oversees benefits, compensation, performance management, staffing and recruiting, and wellness.

Prior to joining Virginia Tech on Dec. 1, Chambers worked as the chief human resources officer at James Madison University for eight years. She has held related positions at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Mississippi State University, and the Medical University of South Carolina. 

In 2010, Chambers received the Distinguished Service Award from the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR). She previously served on the national and southern region boards of directors. She remains an active member of that professional association. Chambers is also a member of the Society for Human Resources Management.

Chambers received a bachelor's degree in home economics and marketing from the University of Southern Mississippi and a master's degree in public policy and administration from Mississippi State University.

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech takes a hands-on, engaging approach to education, preparing scholars to be leaders in their fields and communities. As the commonwealth’s most comprehensive university and its leading research institution, Virginia Tech offers 240 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 31,000 students and manages a research portfolio of $513 million. The university fulfills its land-grant mission of transforming knowledge to practice through technological leadership and by fueling economic growth and job creation locally, regionally, and across Virginia.

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