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University of Phoenix Workforce Solutions Group creates new National Workforce Director position

By Sharla Hooper

Seasoned university leader Lauri Perdue fills new position to develop and oversee strategic initiatives connecting with talent acquisition teams and recruiting managers

University of Phoenix is pleased to announce the selection of Lauri Perdue as the National Workforce Director in the University’s Workforce Solutions Group, a new position dedicated to development and oversight of strategic initiatives connecting with talent acquisition teams and recruiting managers.

“Lauri is uniquely capable in this new position, where she brings her experience as an advocate for students and a deep understanding of workforce needs,” states Leo Goncalves, vice president of Workforce Solutions Group at University of Phoenix. “Her energy and vision will propel this initiative forward and enhance our mission as a career-focused university.”

In the role of National Workforce Director, Perdue will engage with companies, providing strategic thought partnership to create and maintain a dynamic program to encourage employers to recruit and hire University of Phoenix graduates.

“It’s exciting to move into a role so focused on relationship building and student and alumni support,” Perdue shares. “I look forward to exploring and collaborating on initiatives that can provide individual career pathways and enhance community workforce capabilities.”

Perdue is an experienced strategic leader with more than 25 years in higher education, organizational leadership, and account management.

Perdue began her career at the University of Phoenix as Director of Enrollment and served in that position for 11 years before pursuing other career experiences. She returned in 2020 to serve as Campus and Academic Director in Las Vegas, Nevada, where she was responsible for a quality education experience for ground and online students as well as workforce development and higher education consulting, provided leadership, mission execution, and oversight in campus operations, and led outreach and engagement with alumni and community leaders. In this role, Perdue worked extensively with regional and national employers and HR leaders, as educational consultant and workforce development leader.

An engaged economic development board member and executive committee member working with regional leaders to diversify the economy and create workforce solutions for organizations and communities, Perdue serves on the Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance as the Vice Chairwoman, and Executive Committee Leader for the Talent Pipeline Council. “As industries look to Southern Nevada as a place to expand or relocate it is crucial that a robust talent pipeline is available to meet the demands currently and with emerging talent and industry,” Perdue shares. This committee is the first of its kind in the community and with her higher education experience and keen understanding of the market needs, Perdue serves as a tremendous asset to the future of workforce development locally and in communities across the nation on behalf of University of Phoenix.

Perdue is actively engaged in community support, as Board Chair of Serving Our Kids Foundation, an organization addressing food insecurity for school aged children in Southern Nevada. She is also Treasurer on the Board of Directors for the State of Nevada Board of Examiners for Marriage and Family Therapists and Clinical Professional Counselors.

The University of Phoenix Workforce Solutions team offers companies across diverse industries as well as community colleges tailored learning and career pathways to recruit, upskill, reskill, and retain their workforce in an affordable and timely manner. Their flexible solutions are aligned to workplace needs and feature live support, career guidance and support tools, education programs, learning pathways, and credit options, including certificates, workshops, single courses, degree programs, or any combination of these tools.

Learn more here about University of Phoenix Workforce Solutions.

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