The Rockford School Board tonight approved the appointment of a new Chief Human Resources Officer. Linda Lumpkin has 26 years of experience as an HR professional, including 11 years at Dr. Pepper Snapple Group – formerly Dr. Pepper/Seven-Up Bottling Group and American Bottling Company in Plano, Texas. She was selected following a rigorous national search.
Lumpkin’s role is to provide strategic leadership to all human resource functions, which will include recruitment, development and retention process throughout the district. Her duties will include developing a Leadership Academy for all district employees and enhancing a customer service strategy.
“Linda has a strong vision for where she wants to take our Human Resources department. That vision is grounded in years of practical, strategic experience in improving Human Resources,” said Superintendent Ehren Jarrett. “She has plans to develop our staff, which will have a positive effect on classroom teaching and learning. That’s our bottom line.”
District leaders started the search for a new CHRO in June and hired Lori Burke of Burke Consulting Group as interim chief human resources officer to assist in the search and help in the transition. Burke’s consulting contract will extend through June 30, 2015, and she will work with RPS 205 on a limited basis. Lumpkin will start Dec. 1 and earn a base salary of $150,000.
Former CHRO Angel Contreras left his role in RPS 205 to rejoin GE Aviation in a leadership role in Mississippi.