Magazine article HRMagazine

Michele Burns, SHRM-SCP Director of Classification and Compensation, University of Arkansas

Magazine article HRMagazine

Michele Burns, SHRM-SCP Director of Classification and Compensation, University of Arkansas

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Michele Burns was a music education major in college, but a part-time job sparked her interest in business. When she took on HR duties at a manufacturing company, she realized she had found her niche. She was attracted to HR because it enabled her to work with an organization's most important asset-its people. Plus, it allowed her to flex her analytical skills.

Burns is the director of the Society for Human Resource Management's (SHRM's) Arkansas State Council. She previously served as president and certification chair, among other positions, with SHRM's Western Arkansas chapter.

Even as she works on a doctorate in human resource management, she continues to educate others. She teaches a college class to help students set career goals and conducts workshops at SHRM conferences.

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