Vanderbilt University appoints Erik Smetana as Executive Director for Compensation and Talent

Koya Leadership Partners is proud to have partnered with Vanderbilt University on the recruitment and appointment of Erik Smetana as Executive Director for Compensation and Talent.

Vanderbilt is a dynamic center of research, learning and growth. Located in Nashville, Tennessee, Vandebilt is a private research university of 6,300 undergrads and 5,300 grad/professional students.

Smetana comes to Vanderbilt from the University of Missouri system where he served as the Associate Vice President and Deputy Chief HR Officer. During his tenure, Smetana led and managed a portfolio that included compensation programs and practices, HR service delivery, HR analytics, talent acquisition and executive search, talent management and organizational development, and HR communications.

Before joining the UM system in 2013, he was the Associate Director for Human Resources for the University of Missouri-St. Louis campus. Smetana also has served as an adjunct faculty member at several institutions on topics including human resource management, business ethics, communications and management. His prior HR career includes experience with Charter Communications, Tyco Healthcare and Boys Hope/Girls Hope.

Smetana is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) as well as the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR), and he sits on the research advisory committee of the national board of CUPA-HR.

Read the full press release here. Smetana named to Human Resources role.