Kay Turner, Esq.

Placed Leader

Kay Turner, Esq.

Vice President for Human Resources
Fordham University

September 8, 2017

Koya partnered with Fordham University on its Vice President for Human Resources search. Our work resulted in the placement of Kay Turner, Esq.


Turner has an extensive background in human resources and employment law at higher education, nonprofit, and government institutions including multi-location, multistate operations in the tri-state area. She joins Fordham after serving for four years as Vice President of Human Resources at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), where she acted as an adviser to the board of trustees and university president on executive compensation considerations, secured three years of funding to advance technology within HR, and also launched a successful internal HR marketing campaign that led to a widely published cadre of HR services and solutions.

Prior to her role at NJIT, Turner was Vice President of Human Resources at JCCA, formerly known as the Jewish Child Care Association—a nonprofit providing child welfare and mental health services to the city’s most underprivileged families and children. In her role, she supported and trained more than 800 full-time employees and 300 per-diem employees in its multiple New York locations. She also led a program restructuring which resulted in $1.2 million in annual savings.

As Director of Employee Relations at the nationally recognized Hackensack University Medical Center, a 900-bed nonprofit, research, and teaching hospital in Hackensack, New Jersey, Turner helped the organization secure $8 million in annual savings and ensured federal and state legislation compliance. From 2001 to 2008, Turner served as director of employee relations and diversity at the MTA Metro-North Railroad, the second largest commuter railroad in the country with 6,000 employees on three shifts and 18 collective bargaining agreements.

She held a number of positions in law during the 1990s, including Attorney and Assessment Liaison for the New York City Board of Education; Assistant District Attorney at the Kings County District Attorney’s Office in Brooklyn, New York; and Attorney and Mediator for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the City University of New York and a Juris Doctor degree from St. John’s University School of Law.