August 23, 2004 Vol. IX, No. 1

HR Administrator Steps Down After 23-Plus Years at Helm

PeopleSoft, Other Innovations Mark Term of Stephen Montgomery, Who Anticipates Active "Second Half" of Life

Stephen Montgomery is about to prove that the word "retirement" has lost its meaning. After more than 23 years with Cal State Northridge's Human Resource Services, Montgomery stepped down from his post at the end of July. His plans, however, promise little "down time."

"I call this moving on to the second half of my life," he quipped.

Home remodeling, consulting, and travel—including a trip to Argentina this fall—will dominate Montgomery's immediate schedule, he said. As assistant vice president for human resources emeritus, he will continue his association with Northridge and possibly will teach at CSUN in the future.

Looking back at his two-plus decades at the university, Montgomery described as "overwhelming" the impact of the PeopleSoft Human Resource Management System on campus operations. The system's first phase "went live" in January 1999.

"The other greatest change is that the Human Resources division has become more central to the whole operation of the university," he added. "We've moved from being a control point to facilitating and consulting, helping people get where they need to go, and becoming a more important partner in the life of the university."

During his term at CSUN, Montgomery helped many interns launch their careers. Recently, the former administrator served as a mentor to a number of Chinese scholars at Northridge, helping them progress toward their master's degrees in public administration.

Past chair of the California State University Human Resource Directors' Council, Montgomery was on the California State University Collaborative Management System Project team that developed the CSU's integrated PeopleSoft system.

In addition to his work on a variety of campus committees, he was a member of the Chancellor's Office Human Resources Advisory Committee, helping to advise the staff of the Vice Chancellor of Human Resources, Jackie McClain, on system-wide personnel policy.

"For these and all of his contributions to our university, Steve will be sincerely missed," said Mohammad Qayoumi, vice president for administration and finance.

Robert Foldesi, former associate vice president for human resources at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana, in August joined Northridge's Human Resources unit as its new assistant vice president.

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