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Magazine article HRMagazine

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Tara C. Brown, PHR

HR manager, Virginia Community College System

Tara Brown is a lifelong learner. Her entree into HR was through the U.S. Army Signal Corps, where she served as an HR specialist and then HR supervisor. Since 2002, she has applied her HR skills in the civilian world, first in manufacturing and most recently in education. Brown was president of the Society for Human Resource Management's Clarksville, Tenn., chapter in 2012, and she served as Tennessee district director in 2013. So it was no small feat when she completed her master's degree in HR late last year. In August, she relocated to her hometown of Richmond, Va.

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