Ann B. Prenatt, executive director of human resources, will become vice chancellor for human resources, effective July 1, according to Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton.
Prenatt will become a member of the University Council, which comprises the chief administrative officers and deans of the University, and she will continue her day-to-day responsibilities within human resources. She reports to Wrighton and Michael R. Cannon, executive vice chancellor and general counsel.
“She is a person of great value to all of us at the University and is working to make Washington University an outstanding employer,” Wrighton said. “She has excellent experience and outstanding achievements, and I am enthusiastic about her new leadership role.
“She will bring an important perspective to the University Council and will continue her impressive work in managing our human resources area.”
Cannon added, “Ann is a consummate human resources professional. She has effectively blended her great technical expertise, her sure-footed decision-making skills, and her deep understanding of this complex institution into a strong leadership package that is leavened by a terrific sense of humor.
“It’s wonderful to have her commitment to Washington University.”
Prenatt joined the University in 1995 as director of employee relations, having served in human resources management positions with three St. Louis organizations — CITATION Computer Systems Inc., Mallinckrodt Medical Inc. and CyberTel Corp.
Before moving to St. Louis in 1989, Prenatt served in human resources management positions with Saga Corp., ASK Computer Systems, Greenville Hospital System and Creative Bio-molecules Inc.
Prenatt earned a bachelor of science degree from the Rochester Institute of Technology and is certified as a senior professional in human resources.
She is active in a number of professional organizations, including the College and University Professional Organization for Human Resources, the Society for Human Resources Management, the Human Resources Management Association and the Human Resources Executive Roundtable. She also serves on the board of directors of Edgewood Children’s Center.