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Alvernia Names New AVP for Human Resources

by Alvernia University

Alvernia Names New AVP for Human Resources

Alvernia University names Johnson Eapen, MS, MBA, SHRM-CP its new associate vice president for human resources.  

“The stories of Alvernia’s impact on the Reading community and developing the next generation of leaders through an innovative educational model guided by Franciscan values of ‘knowledge joined with love’ has been an inspiration for me,” said Eapen. “Along with the HR team, I look forward to building a world-class HR model to serve this innovative community with excellence.” 

With more than two decades of achievement in a variety of strategic, generalist, and higher education-based human resource and organizational development roles across Southeastern Pa., Eapen has formed collaborative partnerships at various levels to implement and streamline talent acquisition and onboarding protocol, employee development programs, executive coaching and performance management. 

“The organizational diversity of Johnson’s experiential success combined with his growth and innovation-focused perspective makes him well-suited to support Alvernia University’s strategic direction” said Alvernia President-Elect, Glynis A. Fitzgerald. “Additionally, he provides a fresh approach to enhancing and streamlining employee initiatives as well as meeting faculty and staff’s HR needs post COVID-19.” 

Before the new appointment, Eapen served as AVP of Human Resources at Franklin and Marshal College in Lancaster, Pa. streamlining the talent acquisition process, revising the benefits and work schedule policies. Before that, he served as the Director of Human Resources and Operations at Ben Franklin Technology Partners in Philadelphia, Pa. developing and implementing a business continuity plan to reopen after COVID-19 and improving several other policies and procedures.   

Additionally, he served as Chief Human Resources Officer at the American Baptist/Foreign Mission Society developing a talent brand ensuring diversity, equity and inclusion, and rolling out innovative onboarding programs and an annual compensation matrix Eapen has also served as an adjunct professor at Eastern University and the Community College of Philadelphia.  

Eapen holds an MBA from Eastern University, a Master of Science in human resources and a Bachelor of Science in technology. He also has certifications as an executive coach, SHRM human resource professional, as a partner of the predictive index, human capital strategist and practitioner of the Myers-Briggs personality type indicator.  

Eapen began his new appointment March 1, 2023.