Christina Stolarz approaches her work from a servant leadership point of view.
"Human resources is all about people," said Stolarz, who will take office as director of human resources at Arkansas Tech University July 1. "It is creating relationships between the organization and the employees. Because of this, the most essential attribute that helps human resources serve the university is caring. We recruit great employees, invest in them and care about them. I believe the purpose of human resources is to provide guidance to management and the workforce to be part of solutions and always ask the question, 'What can I do to help?'”
A native of Murfreesboro, Stolarz earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree in accounting from Arkansas Tech in 2009.
She added a Juris Doctor from the University of Arkansas School of Law in 2011 and embarked upon a career that included legal and human resources work for organizations such as Pate and Swain Law Firm, Susan Walker Allen Law Firm and Golden Living of Fort Smith.
ATU has employed Stolarz as an adjunct professor (2016-18) and as visiting professor of legal studies (2018-present).
"Arkansas Tech is truly a close-knit community," said Stolarz. "As a student here, I could tell that my professors and the administration were invested in my educational and future success. My professors followed my journey even after I graduated and kept in touch. These personal touches help ATU feel like a second home and a family. This atmosphere and the mission to help students achieve their dreams allows all who work here to know that they are making a positive difference in the lives of students, employees and the community as a whole."
Stolarz has been licensed to practice law in the State of Arkansas since 2012 and she earned the Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) credential in 2018.
"Christina has several years of previous experience in human resource management, including benefits management, federal and state compliance and creating and implementing office procedures," said Bernadette Hinkle, ATU vice president for administration and finance. "We are pleased to welcome her to our team. I appreciate search committee members Dr. Linda Birkner, Dr. Loretta Cochran, Dr. Jack Tucci, Katy Ehemann, Megan Toland and Laury Fiorello for their service in identifying Christina as our next director of human resources."