November 05, 2014

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J. Randall MacDonaldJ. Randall MacDonald, former senior vice president of human resources at IBM, will give a talk Thursday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m. in Trout Auditorium of the Vaughan Literature Building at Bucknell University.

The talk, which is free and open to the public, is part of the Walling Lecture Series.

MacDonald is the parent of a 2002 Bucknell graduate and a member of the Bucknell Board of Trustees where he serves as vice chairman. He joined IBM in 2000 as senior vice president, human resources, a position he held until he retired last year. Prior to joining IBM, he was with GTE (now Verizon Communications) for 17 years, serving as the executive vice president of human resources and administration. Prior to joining GTE, he held human resources positions at Ingersoll-Rand Company and Sterling Drug, Inc.

MacDonald has twice received the Distinguished Human Resources Executive Award from the Academy of Management for significant contributions to the science and practice of human resources. In 2011, he was named one of only 13 Distinguished Fellows of the National Academy of Human Resources, the human resources profession's highest honor for outstanding achievement. In 1998, he was named a Fellow of the Academy, was elected to the Academy's Board of Directors in 2000, and serves as vice chair.

In 2012, he received the W.E. Burdick Award from Boston University's Human Resources Policy Institute for consistent career excellence and advancing the human resources management profession. Honored as HR Magazine's HR Executive of the Year, he has received the Families and Work Institute Work Life Legacy Award and the University of Michigan's Lifetime Achievement Award in Talent Management. 

A frequent guest speaker and lecturer at colleges and universities, focusing on organizational change and Human Resources, he has testified before Congress on a wide range of Human Resources issues and has been a member of a Presidential Commission.

The recipient of a bachelor's degree in political science and a master's degree in industrial relations from St. Francis University, MacDonald received the St. Francis University Distinguished Alumni in Business Award. A trustee of the US Ski and Snowboard Foundation, he also is a member of the Board of Directors of Delphi Corporation and of Time Inc. and chairs the Nominating and Governance Committee.

The Walling Lecture Series honors the contributions of the late Fitz Roy '46 and Mary Jane Walling, who established the Walling Fund in 2006. The fund supports management education at Bucknell.

Walling, who graduated with a degree in education, served as director of admissions at Bucknell for more than 20 years, followed by years of service in Bucknell's Division of Development. Mary Jane was a volunteer at Evangelical Community Hospital for 35 years.