FAMU Announces New AVP/Finance and Administration/Chief Human Resources & Diversity Officer

October 21, 2022
Ella Kiselyuk
FAMU Announces New AVP/Finance and Administration/ Chief Human Resources & Diversity Officer

Ella Kiselyuk has more than two decades of HR experience

Florida A&M University (FAMU) announced Ella Kiselyuk as associate vice president for Finance and Administration/chief Human Resources & Diversity officer (AVP/CHRO). Kiselyuk, who will also serve as chief of staff for Finance and Administration, started work earlier this month. 

She was chosen from three finalists and more than 20 applicants because of her wealth of experience in higher education human resources (HR) and campus operations, and her model of HR excellence, said Gloria Walker, Ed.D., chief financial officer/vice president for Finance & Administration. 

“I was particularly drawn to her vision of what HR Excellence entails: connecting, collaborating, creating opportunities, developing partnerships and establishing an innovative, visible and engaged Human Resource Department that provides excellent customer service,” said Walker, who thanked Sandi Smith-Anderson, director of Human Resources, for ably serving in the interim role since the retirement of Joyce Ingram in June 2021.

Walker said Kiselyuk’s certification from the National Institute on Labor Law and Labor Arbitration is also impressive. During her tenure at City University of New York (CUNY), Kiselyuk served on CUNY Labor-Management Committee where she represented a diverse group of Human Resources directors from several senior CUNY schools.

“Seeing that we have five different unions in higher education in the state of Florida, that knowledge is invaluable,” said Walker, who added that “Onboarding” was one the primary areas of concern the University was trying to address in selecting a candidate. 

Kiselyuk earned both a bachelor’s degree in human resources management and a master’s in public administration from Bernard Baruch College, City University of New York (CUNY), and is a member of her alma mater Executive on Board mentoring program. 

For over a decade, Kiselyuk worked at CUNY, where she rose to assistant vice president for Campus Operations/executive director of Human Resources. Before that, Kiselyuk worked in HR at the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA). Before coming to FAMU, she was human resources director for Complete Care Management in New Jersey. 

Kiselyuk said she believes in leading by example.

“I focused on motivating the multiple teams by empowering the staff and engaging in cooperative guidance. I strive to lead by example by emphasizing a sense of urgency and attention to detail for all services. My subject matter expertise helps me to build fully functional, collaborative, and operational teams of HR professionals dedicated to transformational and technologically savvy environments,” Kiselyuk said. “Throughout my professional career, I consistently demonstrate a can-do attitude and a commitment to the best HR practices and efficient management style.”