Irvin succeeds Pat Burton who retired earlier this month.
In this role, Irvin is responsible for managing and coordinating all activities related to employee relations, staff grievances, coaching, counseling, and progressive discipline. His work supports the Principles of Community by fostering strong partnerships between management and employees based in mutual respect and understanding.
“Over the past several months, Rodney has taken on increasing responsibilities. His experience here working in tandem with Pat, along with the wealth of expertise he brought to Virginia Tech, has equipped Rodney to step in and provide seamless leadership in employee relations,” said Laura Rugless, executive director of equity and access.
A former officer in the United States Navy, Irvin began his career at Virginia Tech in 2011 as an employee relations consultant. He has held several other related positions with the Florida Department of Health and the Denver Health and Hospital Authority.
Irvin has bachelor’s degrees in communications and English from Florida State University and earned his Professional in Human Resources certification in 2010. This semester, he is also teaching a labor-management and employee relations course in the Department of Management in the Pamplin College of Business.
The Office of Equity and Access, which is part of the Department of Human Resources, houses University ADA Services, Employee Relations, Compliance and Conflict Resolution, and Equity Initiatives. The role of the Office of Equity and Access in Human Resources is to support and advance the university's commitment to diversity and ensure a campus community free from discrimination and harassment.
As the commonwealth’s most comprehensive university and its leading research institution, Virginia Tech has more than 7,000 employees and is the largest employer in Montgomery County, Va. The Department of Human Resources is committed to supporting a high quality of work life for staff and faculty located at the main campus in Blacksburg, Va., as well as those at off-campus educational facilities in six regions, a study-abroad site in Switzerland, and a 1,700-acre agriculture research farm near the main campus. The department houses several programs, including Staffing and Recruitment, Equity and Access, University Organizational and Professional Development, Compensation and Performance Management, Employee Relations, and Hokie Wellness.
Because of its award-winning services, reasonable cost of living, low crime rate, moderate climate, and abundant leisure activities, Blacksburg is ranked among the nation's best places to live, strengthening Virginia Tech's ability to attract and retain high-caliber faculty and staff.