Davidson Promotes Sorensen to Direct Human Resources Office
Carl K. Sorensen has been promoted to become Davidson College's director of human resources. Sorensen has served as associate and assistant director for more than six years, and succeeds his former supervisor, Andy Brantley, who has become director of human resources at his alma mater, the University of Georgia.
Sorensen will coordinate the work of five other people in the office to manage employment recruiting, benefits, training, and government reporting for the college's 650 full and part time employees. "I appreciate the fact that Andy included me in all aspects of departmental operations," Sorensen said. "I am fortunate to have a dedicated and enthusiastic staff, and am ready for the assignment. I'm especially looking forward to working directly with department heads on their human resources issues."
Robert Norfleet, vice president for business and finance, said Sorensen's professional experience and personal qualities will help him succeed in his new position. Norfleet said, "Carl is an expert in management, financial analysis, and information systems, in addition to being a seasoned human resources manager. But equally important is the fact that he is well-liked by his colleagues, and they're glad he got the job. People here have come to know him, and appreciate his thoughtfulness, thoroughness, and compassion."
A native of Park Ridge, Ill., Sorensen brought a wide variety of career experiences to Davidson when he joined the staff in 1994. Following graduation from Wheaton College, he served as a Peace Corps volunteer, teaching mathematics for four years in Swaziland. He then earned a master's degree from the American Graduate School of International Management, and worked for three years in finance and accounting for Save the Children. From 1992-1994 he was business manager for the N.C. Arboretum in Asheville.
Sorensen said he will continue the college's recent emphasis on job training, including a new initiative toward on-line training programs. He also hopes to develop new means of attracting employees to the college in particularly challenging recruitment areas such as information technology. He said, "I think the word is out that Davidson is one of the best places to work in this area. We have a great benefits package, and the opportunity to be part of this college community is also a big attraction."
Sorensen is active professionally as a member of both the national and regional chapters of the College and University Personnel Association. He also serves as president of both the Swimming Hole, Inc, and the North Mecklenburg Youth Soccer Association. He and his spouse, Karen, live in Davidson with their son. They annually volunteer to be the adoptive host family for one of the college's foreign students.
Davidson is a highly selective independent liberal arts college for 1,600 students. Since its establishment in 1837, the college has graduated 23 Rhodes Scholars and is consistently ranked among the top liberal arts colleges in the country by U.S. News and World Report magazine. Davidson recently launched "Let Learning Be Cherished," a $250 million campaign in support of student financial assistance, academic resources, and community life.