Shenandoah has a new human resources director.
Rakene L. Lee Sr., starts today, April 28, in his new role. Lee, of Stafford, Virginia, graduated from Park University in Missouri with a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice and law enforcement. He has a Master of Arts in human resources development and a Master of Arts in management and leadership, both from Webster University in St. Louis. He is currently pursuing his Doctor of Education from Liberty University.
I’m both honored and humbled to serve as the Director of Human Resources for Shenandoah University. I believe fostering a diverse and inclusive environment is critical to the overall success of the institution. One of the key components that drew me to Shenandoah University is the culture. As a servant leader, I strongly feel that inspiration is essential to the organization, and I look forward to working with such dedicated professionals.”
Rakene L. Lee Sr. | Human resources director
From 2019 to 2021, Lee served as the employee relations specialist and senior employee relations specialist at Northern Virginia Community College, where he provided counsel, coaching, and support to managers and employees on performance management; advised faculty and staff on performance management issues such as recommending employee sanctions or disciplinary actions; conducted investigations on civility issues or workplace violence; provided clarification and guidance on policies, workplace procedures, and other work-related issues; and guided faculty and staff on workplace conflicts and civility issues.
From 1998 to 2018, Lee worked as a human resources generalist, manager and then director for the United States Marine Corps, where some of his duties included directing personnel, training, labor and employee-relations activities; advising managers and supervisors on organizational policy and implementing change; ensuring employees continued personal, professional and moral growth through counseling and mentoring; and developing service members within the company to ensure their increased effectiveness and overall efficiency.
Rakene spent 20 years in human resources in an organization well known for its focus on training and employee development. He inspired Marine recruits and veterans alike as evidenced by his successful mentorship program and retention results, and managed policy through business acumen and creative thinking. It’s Rakene’s strategic, innovative, and culturally diverse human resources leadership skills that make him a great fit at Shenandoah.”
Phil Evans | General counsel and assistant vice president for administration