Michelle Thom, chief human resources officer at Normandale Community College, will become the associate vice president of human resources at St. Thomas beginning May 30.
Thom has been at Normandale since 2009 and previously spent time at various organizations including the Hennepin County Public Defender’s Office, Hennepin County Community Health and Project for Pride in Living.
Thom, who lives in St. Paul, said she is looking forward to getting to know the St. Thomas community. “Being able to work in the community where I live is very important,” she said. “I’m excited about diving into the culture and traditions, and getting to understand all the perspectives that make St. Thomas the great university that it is.”
She has an M.A. in public administration from Hamline University and a B.A. in political science from the University of Minnesota. She also studied liberal studies at the University of Essex in Colchester, England.
“I am excited that Michelle will be joining our community,” said Mark Vangsgard. “She is a talented professional and I look forward to her contributions at St. Thomas.”