Rachael Redhead awarded SUNY’s Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service

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Published: 06/11/2024

Stony Brook University Director of People & Culture, Rachael Redhead, has been awarded the State University of New York  (SUNY) Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Professional Service. Working in a shared services model, which includes Finance & Administration (F&A), the Executive Office, as well as Marketing & Communications, Rachael’s responsibilities include oversight of human resource services for over 1,200 staff members across several diverse University areas including Budget, Financial Planning & Analysis; Enterprise Risk Management; Facilities & Services; Finance; HR; Marketing & Communications, Government & Community Relations, Athletics, and the Executive Office. During her tenure at Stony Brook, Rachael has implemented successful models for HR functions such as employee engagement, retention and training as well as provided organizational development and support from Central HR to various Divisions and Departments. She is also a leader of the F&A Alliance for Culture, Diversity & Inclusion at Stony Brook University. 


The Chancellor's Awards for Excellence are System-level honors conferred to acknowledge and provide recognition for consistently superior professional achievement and to encourage the ongoing pursuit of excellence. Individuals nominated for these awards must meet all prescribed eligibility criteria and must be individuals of achievement, committed to the State University and its students, respected by the campus community and worthy of emulation by colleagues and students on the home campus and across SUNY. 


“I congratulate Rachael on this well-deserved achievement,” said Jed Shivers, Senior Vice President, F&A. “She is an integral member of our F&A team, serving each of our VP areas and their unique goals, nuances and functions. Rachael consistently remains committed to treating each request, from each area, with her total focus, utmost attention and an enthusiastic attitude. She is always willing to help, and is someone who treats all members of our faculty, staff and student populations with respect, diplomacy and dignity.”


Rachael joined Stony Brook University in 2014 as an HR Coordinator in Finance & Administration. After working in F&A for three years, Rachael was recognized for her achievements and appointed to Senior Human Resources Business Partner of DoIT in 2017. In this position, she continued to assume additional responsibilities, routinely going above and beyond the scope of her role and was appointed in 2021 to her current position. 


Rachael earned her Bachelor of Science in psychology from Molloy University and her Master of Science in Human Resource Management and Labor Relations from New York Institute of Technology.