Master of Science in Human Resources Management
John J. Gaittens
Deputy Police Commissioner, Ret.
Organizational Support Services
I am very happy to endorse Holy Family University’s Human Resources Management Program. At the time I received my degree, I was an Inspector in charge of the Northwest Patrol Division. Not very long after that, the Police Commissioner began to evaluate members of the Command Staff to find a suitable replacement for the retiring Deputy Commissioner.
Of all the candidates who qualified for the position, I was the only one who
had a Masters Degree in Human Resources Management. The fact that the degree
is from a very well respected University was a bonus. With an undergraduate
degree in Business Administration, a Master’s Degree in Human Resources and
my background in Labor Relations, I was ultimately selected.
The following year, I assumed the duties of the Deputy Commissioner in charge of Technological and Scientific Services.
In carrying out my responsibilities, I utilized the knowledge that I gained through the Human Resources Management Program on a daily basis. I had to respond to union grievances and unfair labor practice charges. I testified at arbitrations and contract negotiations. I was the hearing examiner for various personnel actions. I was responsible for ensuring that the Department was in compliance with all Federal, State and Local Regulations in our employment actions. The knowledge I gained in the program was invaluable.
In my new career, those same skills, knowledge and abilities are still critically important. HIPAA regulations and HR actions are part of my daily routine. I am proud of my Holy Family degree and I highly recommend the program to anyone who is serious about a career, not only in Human Resources but also for anyone who aspires for an executive position in any organization.
Karen Fox, Manager, Human Resources
"The HURM Program at Holy Family was very rewarding. I enjoyed learning from faculty who were experts in their field and truly lived the mission of Holy Family. I also really valued the opportunity to network and learn from other local professionals. Looking back I can say I thrived in the program because of the attention I received from faculty and the valuable classroom discussions with fellow students. Holy Family is a special place. I'm proud to say I'm a Holy Family graduate."
Jaclyn Parry Bogert
When searching for a master’s program to continue my education in the human resource management field, I was looking for one in which each course developed and supported the human resource manager’s role as an employment specialist on the organization’s executive team. I found what I was looking for at Holy Family University. I began the master’s program at Holy Family in Spring 2008 and graduated four years later after taking classes on a part-time basis.
The teachers in the HR program have years' of real-world experience and most choose to teach outside of a textbook. In the classroom, we considered relative, current issues in the Human Resource industry, along with the history of employment law. These were invaluable discussions for my classmates and I.
I began my career with The First National Bank of Newtown eight years ago as an HR Assistant. I now hold the position of Vice President, Director of Human Resources at the same institution. I remain in communication with many of my teachers and classmates; relative job opportunities are circulated, and HR-related questions are emailed for consideration, comment and insight. My career and interest in employment law would not be where it is today without completing the Human Resources Masters program at Holy Family University.