Matias named executive director of human resources at Palm Beach State

BarbMatias-SBarb Matias has been named the new executive director of human resources for Palm Beach State College.

Matias, who has served as the interim executive director since last August, was selected after a national search that drew 118 applicants. She replaces Dr. Ellen Grace who recently retired.

Matias of Wellington began working at the College in 2003 as a human resources generalist. She was promoted to senior human resources generalist in 2006 and promoted later that year to manager of human resource programs. In 2011, she was named assistant director, human resources, safety and risk.

“I am delighted for the opportunity to serve our employees with creative solutions and services,’’ Matias said. “The Palm Beach State College team is committed to employee engagement and development. Together, we will continue to foster innovative employee programs which align with the College’s strategic goals.”

Prior to joining Palm Beach State, Matias worked as a human resources generalist at Eastern Medical Supply in Lake Worth. Before that, she worked as a human resources representative for The Robert Plan Corporation in Bethpage, N.Y. She holds a bachelor’s degree in hotel and restaurant administration from New York Institute of Technology in Central Islip and a master’s degree in human resources management and labor relations from New York Institute of Technology in Old Westbury. She is a member of the Society of Human Resources Management, College and University Professional Association for Human Resources, American Society for Training and Development and Human Resources Council of Florida Colleges.

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