The University of Tampa has announced an exciting new affiliation with the
Human Resource Institute (HRI), one of the country’s top five research
institutes in the area of human resource issues and practices.
The agreement includes an exclusive academic affiliation with HRI that
includes the sharing of facilities, research and expertise across several
“This relationship has immense potential for Tampa Bay area businesses both
locally and internationally,” said Joe McCann, dean of UT’s John H. Sykes
College of Business.
For example, HRI produces management reports on such subjects as demographic
health, social, and political-legal issues; white papers on such diverse
subjects as Generation X, security, a jobless society; and research papers on a
myriad of critical human resource issues. It conducts seminars, conferences and
slide presentations, and publishes most of its research for its 100-plus
corporate members, most of which are Fortune 500 companies.
A few of HRI’s many national and worldwide members include 3M, American
Express, Coca-Cola, Exxon-Mobil, FedEx, IBM, McDonald’s, Verizon and Ford Motor
“For me and many of my peers at Ford, HRI has become our best and most
trusted source for information about people-centric workplace issues,” says
Steve Fitzgerald , vice president of Human Resources, Ford Credit.
HRI consists of Dr. William Pyle, chairman, and Jay Jamrog, executive
director, and 15 research and professional staff members. HRI’s research was
started in 1965 at the University of Michigan. Most recently, it was affiliated
with Eckerd College in St. Petersburg. It will retain offices in St. Petersburg,
but will also conduct research in facilities in the Sykes College of
“HRI will be an affiliated research institute within the Sykes College of
Business,” said McCann. “Our intent is to fully leverage each other’s capacities
Several joint initiatives already are underway, said McCann. “We foresee
interaction between several academic departments within the University’s two
colleges and with the immediate Tampa Bay business community.”
“My colleagues at HRI and our industry members are excited about our new
affiliation with UT,” said Dr. Pyle, founder of HRI and recently appointed
Distinguished Lecturer at UT. “I am particularly enthusiastic about working with
UT’s outstanding faculty to develop a state-of-the-art master’s program in
strategic human resources management.”
“Our members,” added Jamrog, “also are supporting this new graduate program
by providing internships and guest lectures on innovative human resources
practices. Several firms already have volunteered their support, including 3-M,
the Home Depot, and the Federal Reserve System. We foresee opportunities for UT
faculty and students to share in our research.
HRI gets glowing support from Andrew H. Hines Jr., retired CEO of Florida
Progress. “The Human Resource Institute’s studies get to the heart of the
matter. Through many years,” said Hines, “I have seen them spot the future and
help businesses prepare for it.”
Another HRI member, Tampa Electric’s Vice President of Human Resources, Clint
Childress, says , “HRI produces timely, cost-effective, cutting-edge research
that helps keep our human resource policies and practices ahead of the
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