Inaugural Senior Associate Vice Chancellor for Talent and Diversity Appointed

Angela M. Callahan brings experience and drive to strategic organizational change

VC for HR Angela Callahan Headshot

On July 2, Angela M. Callahan, of Attleboro, MA, began her role as the inaugural Senior Associate Vice Chancellor for Talent and Diversity at UMass Dartmouth. In this newly designed role, Callahan will lead efforts to attract, retain and continuously develop a faculty and staff that is diverse and innovative.

“Angela brings deep and broad knowledge and experience across the human resources spectrum, with an uncommon ability to model and promote a culture of openness and inclusive participation within the university community,” says Chancellor Robert E. Johnson.

Callahan currently owns PESSCE Unlimited, an executive coaching and business-consulting practice focused on leadership coaching, transformational HR best practices, diversity and inclusion planning and training, organizational effectiveness and change management. After receiving a call from a colleague who described the UMassD position as Callahan’s ‘dream job’, she decided that a leadership role in implementing best practices at the university was the right fit.

Prior to starting PESSCE Unlimited, she most recently worked as Senior Corporate Manager, Talent Development and Organizational Effectiveness, for the Raytheon Company. Before Raytheon, she worked as Director of Organizational Development, Learning and Diversity for Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

“All of my experience, education, and personal passion has prepared me for this position at this time with UMassD. There is a lot of work to be done, however, I am very excited to begin this amazing journey as the Chief Human Resources Officer with UMassD, leading strategic organizational change for talent and diversity,” said Callahan.

Her experience in higher education includes service as a Senior Organizational Development and Training Consultant with Vanderbilt University and Medical Center in Nashville. She has also served as an adjunct faculty member in Workforce & Community Education at Bristol Community College and in the Center for Corporate & Professional Development at Cape Cod Community College, and taught undergraduate and graduate courses in Human Resources and Human Capital Management for the University of Phoenix. She also served as lead faculty for On-site Training for the Continuing Education Division of The Apollo Group.


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