Andrea Terrillion '90 was named Yale's new director of labor relations, effective in May.
In her new post, Terrillion will be the university's chief labor relations official, reporting directly to vice president for human resources and administration. She will oversee the Labor Relations Department, lead the day-to-day labor relations with Yale's unions and "assure we are providing appropriate labor relations support and training to managers throughout the University," said Michael Peel, vice president for human resources and administration.
Terrillion will also work in close partnership with Yale's Best Practices organization to find new joint labor-management approaches to address performance improvement opportunities and change management challenges.
Reporting directly to Terrillion will be the senior labor strategy adviser and the University's two labor relations representatives, as well as an assistant.
"Andrea brings a terrific background and well evolved leadership skills to her important new role," said Peel.
For the past eight years, Terrillion has been a full-time faculty member of the Outreach Division of Cornell University's Industrial and Labor Relations School, most recently heading their labor relations consulting and training practice. As director of labor relations and legal studies for Cornell, a position she assumed in 2003, Terrillion and her organization have worked with employers in virtually every industry and sector of the economy to help improve their labor relations practices through knowledge and skills development for all levels of management.
Prior to joining Cornell, Terrillion was a practicing labor and employment lawyer, representing a diverse range of clients including corporations, trade associations, health care practices, municipalities and school districts. Most of her law firm experience was with Harris, Beach & Wilcox in Rochester, New York. Terrillion has a B.S. degree in marketing from Georgetown University and a J.D. degree from Albany Law School.
Terrillion will start with Yale effective May 20, initially working a reduced schedule as she completes the transition from Cornell. "She will be an important addition to our leadership team," said Peel, "and I look forward to working closely with her as we continue to build more positive labor relations throughout the University."