UNC System Human Resources Senior Leadership

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Darryl Bass

Vice President for Human Resources
and Chief Human Resources Officer

Darryl joined the UNC System in January 2021 as the Senior Associate Vice President for Equity, Engagement, and Employee Relations, and was promoted to Vice President for Human Resources effective July 1, 2022. In this role, he works in collaboration with the University’s 17 constituent institutions to provide leadership and strategic direction for the delivery of human resource programs, strategies, and services system-wide to approximately 48,000 permanent employees.

Darryl has more than 30 years of experience in North Carolina state government human resources. Before joining the University, he served as Chief Human Resources Officer for the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT), an agency with over 9,000 employees. While at NCDOT, he was the executive sponsor of the agency’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Advisory Group and created the framework for that initiative. Previously, he also served as the human resources officer for the NC Office of State Human Resources, the NC Department of Cultural Resources, the Office of Administrative Hearings, and the NC Department of Health and Human Services.

Darryl earned a bachelor’s degree from Campbell University.

Brian Usischon

Senior Associate Vice President for Human Resource Services
and Deputy Chief Human Resources Officer

Brian joined the University in January 2011 and is responsible for overseeing the administration of all university benefit programs, HR systems, and the University’s Shared Service Payroll unit. He is also responsible for the executive compensation program for senior leadership.

Brian has an extensive background in employee benefits and many years of experience providing consulting services to colleges and universities in the analysis, development, design, and installation of employee benefit plans. His experience encompasses positions at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was the Senior Director of Benefits and Employee Services; at TIAA-CREF, where he was a Director of Institutional Client Services; and at Wake Forest University Health Sciences, where he was the Director of Benefits.

He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management with a concentration in Human Resources. Brian has a Group Benefit Associate designation from the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Lynn Duffy

Senior Associate Vice President for LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

Lynn joined the University in August 2017 and is responsible for executive leadership development for the UNC System Office and the 17 constituent institutions of the UNC System. Her responsibilities include providing system support for chancellor searches, executive performance management, and system leadership development and succession programs. Her unit provides employment, staffing, and strategic recruitment assistance to the System Office.

Before joining the University, Lynn founded Talent Builders, a talent management consulting and executive coaching firm. She is a recognized as a leader in innovative and proven approaches to leadership and team development. Previously, Lynn was Vice President of Human Resources with Blue Cross and Blue Shield North Carolina and with Citi Group in the Latin American Investment Bank and International Corporate Finance Divisions.

Lynn holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University and a Master’s degree in Executive Coaching from London’s Middlesex University. She is an academically trained Master Coach and holds International Coach Federation Certified Coach ACC designation. Lynn also served as President of the Triangle Organization Development Network and is a team captain at Ronald McDonald House.

Jessica Moore

Associate Vice President for Classification and Compensation

Jessica joined the UNC System Office in July 2015. She oversees the Classification and Compensation unit, which provides services to UNC System leadership and the 17 constituent institutions of the UNC System. Jessica is responsible for managing the classification and compensation program for all University employees, both exempt and non-exempt from the North Carolina Human Resources Act.

Jessica is a veteran of the Gulf War and came to the University after serving in human resources for the United States Air Force. Prior to joining the UNC System Office, she worked in multiple human resources professional roles at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her tenure spanned 20 years at Carolina, which included a similar role as the Senior Director for Classification and Compensation and University Wage-Hour Officer.

Jessica holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, and is a Certified Compensation Professional through World at Work. She is an active member of World at Work and the College and University Professionals Association (CUPA).

Chris Chiron

Associate Vice President for policy, programs, and planning
and University Equal Opportunity Officer

Chris joined the UNC System Office in December 2015. He is responsible for HR policy administration, resource development on HR policies and programs, and management of system-wide HR metrics. He also serves as the University’s Equal Opportunity Officer and is the deputy to Senior Associate Vice President Darryl Bass.

Chris came to the UNC System Office after 19 years in the Office of Human Resources at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, having served there in various roles, including as HR Communications Director, HR Policy Administrator, and Employee & Management Relations Manager.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies and a Master of Arts in English from the University of Northern Iowa as well as a Master of Arts in Communication Studies from UNC-Chapel Hill.