NIC hires new human resources director

North Idaho College recently hired Robert Ficken, Jr., as its new human resources director. Ficken has more than 17 years of senior-level human resources experience and is a certified professional in human resources.
Ficken holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in organizational management from the University of Phoenix in San Jose, Calif. He expects to complete a doctorate in human and organizational development from the Fielding Institute of Graduate Studies in Santa Barbara, Calif., in 2007.
Ficken currently serves as the regional human resources executive at the Home Depot, where he supervises 24 employees and manages the human resources department for the Pacific North Division, which includes 3,000-5,000 associates. His accomplishments include better developing managers and employees, encouraging proper staffing of stores and working with the executive team to demonstrate the impact of human resources on operational goals and issues. He also organized a mass hiring event in the region and created compensation and rewards plans and a leadership development program.
Ficken has also served as a faculty member for the University of Phoenix in San Jose since 1996. He teaches human resources and organizational development courses at both graduate and undergraduate levels and earned the honor of Faculty Member of the Year in 2001.
Prior to the Home Depot, Ficken worked as the divisional human resources executive of Applied Materials in Sunnyvale, Calif., overseeing the human resources department of a semi-conductor company that employed thousands worldwide. He has also served as a human resources executive for a broadcasting company and a movie theater/entertainment company in California.
“Bob brings to NIC a wealth of human resources experience and a strong background in compensation, benefits and employee development,” said NIC President Michael Burke. “We are fortunate to have him join our team.”
Ficken has family ties to the Inland Northwest and plans to move to North Idaho with his wife. He will start in his new position July 10.

For More Information
Lita Burns, health professions and nursing director and chair of the human resources director selection committee, (208) 769-3481

Posted: Friday, June 9, 2006

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