National Academy of Human Resources names 2020 fellows

Five new fellows have been named to the National Academy of Human Resources for 2020, earning recognition by the nation’s most prestigious HR organization against the backdrop of one of the most tumultuous times on record.

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Carol Surface

Timothy Richmond

These fellows–Stephen Fry of Eli Lilly, Tim Richmond of AbbVie, Carol Surface of Medtronic, Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., of SHRM and Distinguished Fellow Dave Ulrich of RBL Group and the University of Michigan–have distinguished themselves throughout their careers but also have shown leadership in recent months as organizations faced constant change during the pandemic.

“Becoming a Fellow in the National Academy of Human Resources is the highest honor in the HR profession,” said Jill Smart, president of the academy. “The diverse NAHR class of 2020 fellows represents how different career paths can lead to a top HR leadership position where that leader can significantly impact the HR profession.

Johnny C. Taylor, Jr.

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Steve Fry

“Each of these new fellows and our new distinguished fellow have left their individual mark on our profession, the organizations they have been a part of and the many employees and colleagues they have interacted with. Being a fellow in the NAHR also means that they are personally committed to continuing to give back to our profession.”

Dave Ulrich

The new fellows were installed Nov. 5 during the 29th annual meeting of the academy, which was founded in 1992 to recognize individuals and institutions of distinction in the field for their achievements while collaborating to advance the profession. New fellows are elected by a vote of the membership.



Meet the class of 2020, click on the slides below to view their responses to five questions posed by HRE.

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Elizabeth Clarke
Elizabeth Clarke is executive editor of Human Resource Executive. She earned a journalism degree from the University of Florida and then spent more than 25 years as a reporter and editor in South Florida before joining HRE. Elizabeth lives with her family in Palm Beach County. She can be reached at [email protected].