In 1980, Villanova founded a new graduate program known as Human Organizational Sciences - HOS. HOS encompassed such areas of study as Public Administration, Criminal Justice and Human Resource Development. Dr. David Bush is responsible for the founding and development of the HRD portion of HOS and has served as Director of HRD since its inception.
By the mid 1980s, HRD began to experience a steady stream of enrollment and graduation rates, with students going on to careers in such companies as Pepsi, Rohm and Haas, Unisys and Smith Kline.
By the mid 1990s, HRD enrollment had grown to levels commonly experienced by independent graduate programs at Villanova. Thus, HRD separated from the remaining components of HOS to become its own program.
Shortly thereafter, HRD developed two entrepreneurial certificate programs. The Pre-Master’s program grants a certificate upon the satisfactory completion of 15 credits (whereas an MS in HRD requires 33 credits). The Post-Master’s Certificate consists of a 15-credit program for those who have already completed a suitable MS or MBA degree.
The number of HRD graduates has continued to grow steadily, and those graduates have moved into highly compensated and prestigious positions as CEOs, Vice Presidents, Directors and even founders of their own organizations.
The Villanova HRD program and its faculty members have maintained a strong presence in the local chapters of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), including founding its own student chapter of SHRM in 1985. The student chapter remains an active and integral part of the program today.
In April 2002 our program celebrated a belated 20 years with a 20th anniversary gala event. Television news anchor Monica Malpass served as the Mistress of Ceremonies and the late G. Fred DiBona, President and CEO of Independence Blue Cross, was the Keynote Speaker.
In April 2010 the program once again celebrated a milestone, hosting a 30th anniversary gala for students, alumni and friends. The event included a keynote speech by John M. Murabito, Executive Vice President of Human Resources and Services at Cigna Corporation. Mistress of Ceremonies was Lynn Doyle, Executive Producer and Host of “It’s Your Call with Lynn Doyle” on The Comcast Network.
Dr. Bush, Dr. Andrulis and Dr. Ligon have continued to present and publish papers, attending recent conferences in such locations as China (Dr. Andrulis, summer 2004), Prague (Dr. Andrulis, 2007), Latvia (Dr. Andrulis, summer 2009) and Atlanta (Dr. Ligon, spring 2010). In Fall 2009, Dr. Ligon was honored in Greensboro, North Carolina with the Best Paper Award for her research on leadership. The trio of full-time faculty continues to publish extensively.
Our Senior Alumni Advisory Board consists of distinguished alumni and close friends of Villanova HRD. They are responsible for supporting the program, planning events, securing student internships and raising scholarship money. The names of Advisory Board members can be found on the Alumni portion of Villanova HRD’s website.