Lori, associate vice president, human resources, safety and risk management at San Francisco State University, has been appointed vice president for human resources/diversity and inclusion at California State University, Fullerton. This summer, she will step into her new role at the most populous of the Cal State system's 23 campuses. In announcing the appointment, Cal State Fullerton President Mildred García characterized Gentles as a change agent in her field. She "has been on the forefront of shifting the focus of human resources from operational and transactional to strategic and transformational, empowering HR staff to be creative in delivering value-added services and innovative solutions."
At Cal State Fullerton, Gentles will lead a newly created division for the university, overseeing an expanded unit that has been part of the Division of Administration and Finance. The vice president will report directly to the president and is responsible for the development of university-wide human resource strategies for the areas of academic personnel, diversity and equity, recruitment/employment, payroll, compensation/classification, benefits, employee/labor relations, risk management, and environmental health and safety.