Carnegie Mellon University

Associate Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer

Michelle Piekutowski is Carnegie Mellon University's Associate Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer.

Michelle provides direction and strategy on issues involving recruitment and retention, onboarding and professional development, employee and labor relations, benefits and compensation, and performance standards and assessments.

With experience as a human resource executive and more than 14 years of leadership experience in higher education, Michelle brings to the position strong values, a proven ability to realign resources to ensure success and the passion for transformational change. Before joining CMU, she served as Associate Vice President for Human Resources and Chief Human Resources Officer at Clemson University. Previously, she was Clemson’s Associate Chief Human Resources Officer and Human Resources Director.

Michelle has served on the Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC) advisory board and sits on the National HR Council for The Conference Board. She is an HR legislative advocate for the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) and was a past president and vice president for the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR).

Michelle received a bachelor’s degree in business education from Western Carolina University and a master’s degree in human resource development from Clemson.