Veteran schools administrator David Turner hired as vice president of university human resources at Eastern Michigan University

by Geoff Larcom, Published December 10, 2013

YPSILANTI – David Turner, who has deep experience in directing human resource operations at a variety of large and complex Michigan school districts, has been hired as Vice President of University Human Resources at Eastern Michigan University.

David Turner presently serves as associate superintendent of human resources, legal and labor relations and student services at Southfield Public Schools.

Turner presently serves as associate superintendent of human resources, legal and labor relations and student services at Southfield Public Schools. At Eastern, he will oversee human resource services across Eastern’s large and diverse campus, along with developing and implementing a comprehensive plan for enhancing service to Eastern’s 2,500+ regular and part-time employees and more than 23,000 students.

In his new role, Turner will oversee the negotiation and administration of collective bargaining agreements along with developing programs for enhancing Eastern employees’ talent, promoting employee wellness, and ensuring a diverse workforce.

Turner, an EMU alumnus, will report to president Susan Martin as a member of EMU’s Executive Council. His salary will be $175,000. His appointment is effective Jan. 20, 2014.

 “We are excited to have David Turner come to Eastern Michigan and join our executive team in this crucial position,” said Eastern Michigan President Susan Martin. “David brings a strong background in human resources, executive leadership, negotiation and administration.

“David can help take us to a new level in developing a University Human Resources office that provides excellent customer service in helping our faculty, staff and student employees flourish at Eastern in a great place to work.”

David Turner said, “I am very excited to return to my alma mater.  This University is extremely special to me.  The opportunity to join Dr. Martin's team and the prospect of contributing to the success of the faculty, staff and students is an honor and a privilege."

In his current role, which he began in 2009, Turner oversees the HR function of a district with 13 schools and approximately 800 employees.

While at Southfield schools, Turner supervised the overhaul of his division along with serving as chief negotiator and contract administrator for all bargaining units. He routinely is called upon to serve as “acting superintendent” as a key leader in the district.

Turner has also served as director of human resources and labor relations at Oak Park Public Schools (2006-09), as executive director of human resources operations at Detroit Public Schools (2003-06) and as human resources director at MGM Grand’s Detroit Casino (2001-03).

Turner, who lives in Farmington Hills, earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and human resources from Eastern Michigan in 1994. He earned a master’s degree in human resources management from Central Michigan University in 1999.


Geoff Larcom


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