A new HR department has been added to Harvard University, where it will focus on human resources and corporate recruiting.
Harvard announced the hiring of Kevin Koehler, the director of human resources at the university, as its first-ever chief human resources officer in the U.S.
On Monday, Koehl will assume his role on a full-time basis, according to a statement.
Harold Schlesinger, the university’s president, said in a statement, “As a leading research university, we are committed to hiring the best and brightest to help us build and maintain a world-class learning environment.”
The hiring of Koehrts hiring comes as the university seeks to improve its recruiting and retention practices, including increasing the number of students admitted to classes and increasing the size of classes.
In January, Harvard announced plans to hire 5,000 more employees, including 1,000 positions in its human resources department, with the goal of increasing enrollment to 6,000 students and increasing its recruiting efforts.
Koehler joined Harvard in November, after a decade of leadership at the Boston Consulting Group.
He is a former vice president of corporate communications at Apple Inc., where he served as a vice president and head of the global business strategy department from 2003 to 2007.
In a memo to employees, Koeshler said he wanted to bring the best of Harvard’s diverse workforce to the job.
“My new job is to help the Harvard human resources team bring the very best of its diverse faculty, staff, and students to work for the University,” he wrote.
“The University’s recruiting and hiring efforts will focus specifically on bringing students and alumni to the University, helping our alumni connect with their peers, and engaging the community.”
Koehl previously led the consulting firm’s human resources strategy and its recruiting operations.
He previously led Harvard’s human capital department.