Gary K. Dent was named Vice Chancellor for Human Resources and Labor Relations of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) in April 2009. He directs the Office of Human Resources and Labor Relations, which provides leadership for and works in partnership with the PASSHE universities to establish, implement and improve human resource management policies and practices. The office also provides centralized labor negotiations, as well as grievance and arbitration services. In addition to these system wide services, the office also provides human resource management services for the employees of the Office of the Chancellor.
Dent, a native of Chesapeake, Virginia, began his professional career as an officer in the United States Army, after graduating from Norfolk State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in special education. He later earned a Master of Arts degree in management and supervision at Central Michigan University and has completed several advanced management and certification programs in his field.
Dent has held senior human resource leadership positions with General Motors Corporation, the City of Detroit, Wayne State University and the University of Cincinnati. In these organizations, he was responsible for building a service-oriented culture; integrating people, technology, business processes and workflow in creating high performance human resources teams; assisting management in meeting their strategic plans by creating a human resources strategic plan; building productive working relationships with unions and employees; and improving all aspects of human resources including labor relations. He discovered this to be a real passion of his and has spent the preceding years developing and leading large and small human resource organizations.
Dent is or has been a member or held leadership roles in several professional associations and boards, including Head Start; Boy Scouts of America; United Way; American Society of Employers; Detroit Institute of the Arts; Junior Achievement; Communities in School – Detroit; Society for Human Resources Management, CUPA-HR; and the National Association of African-Americans in Human Resources.
His hobbies and interests include piloting private aircraft and playing tennis and the piano. He is actively involved in mentoring youth leadership development programs. Dent and his wife, Carman, have two adult children, three granddaughters and two grandsons.