A corporate executive with 30 years’ experience in the field of human resources who also is an alumna of Heidelberg University is the newest member of the university’s Board of Trustees.
Last week, the board appointed Jerilyn Medrea, a ’77 Heidelberg graduate, to a four-year term. Most recently, Medrea was the keynote speaker for the spring Patricia Adams Lecture Series at Heidelberg. She is the most recent in a class of new trustees that includes Dr. Carol Cartwright, president emerita of Bowling Green and Kent State universities; alumnus Richard Odell, private schools educator; alumna Kim Newman, co-owner of Tiffin Aire Inc.; and alumnus Jaimie Orr, Tiffin University professor and dean.
“I am delighted that Ms. Medrea has decided to give back to her alma mater in this meaningful way,” Heidelberg President Robert H. Huntington said. “As with the other individuals who recently joined our Board of Trustees, I look forward to the tremendous expertise, energy and leadership they will bring to the board and to our community.”
Dr. Wade Young, chair of the board’s Trustee Committee, echoed Huntington’s sentiments. “We are very excited about Jerilyn joining the Board of Trustees,” he said. “She is an accomplished business woman, the first speaker of The Patricia Adams Lecture Series to be a graduate of Heidelberg and first Pat Adams Lecturer to be named to the Board of Trustees. We look forward to the expertise she will bring to the board to help Heidelberg University advance in the future."
After a trustee orientation session on campus with the other new incoming board members, Medrea is scheduled to participate in her first full board meetings in October.
Medrea has 30-plus years of experience in corporate America. As the global head of talent engagement for Liquidnet, an international trading network, she oversees global human resources, leadership development and organizational development for the New York-based company. Since joining the firm in 2007, she has developed a number of innovative and award-winning approaches to employee engagement. Under her leadership, Liquidnet has been named one of the “Best Places to Work in New York” by Crain’s New York Business and the most adoption-friendly workplace in the financial services industry for the third consecutive year by the Dave Thomas Foundation.
Medrea also oversees Liquidnet for Good, the company’s corporate social engagement program. In this role, she works with the company to leverage its expertise to create local and global impact. Liquidnet for Good includes a series of programs including its signature project, the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village, a pioneering project helping orphans of Rwanda’s genocide. She is member of the ASYV Board of Directors.
In addition to her Heidelberg degree, Ms. Medrea has a master’s degree from Michigan State University. She also is a graduate of Harvard Business School’s Program for Management Development and is a member of the Harvard Alumni Association.