Jarrell named assistant vice chancellor for human resources

Margo Jarrell has been named assistant vice chancellor for human resources, benefits and compensation at Washington University in St. Louis, effective July 2, 2011, announced Ann B. Prenatt, vice chancellor for human resources.

Jarrell arrived on campus April 4 and will replace Thomas W. Lauman, who will retire July 1.

Margo Jarrell


As a member of the Human Resources management team, Jarrell will oversee the university’s benefits and Danforth Campus compensation programs and contribute to the development and execution of WUSTL human resources’ strategies, goals and operational plans.

“We are really pleased that Margo will be joining our Human Resources leadership team,” Prenatt says. “She brings a great mix of skills and experiences to this important and challenging role.”

Jarrell’s responsibilities include managing the WUSTL benefits program to ensure it is competitive, cost-effective, in compliance with regulations and meets the diverse needs of the university’s faculty, staff and administrators. Jarrell also will manage the administration and communications related to WUSTL’s benefits program.

In addition, Jarrell will lead the development and execution of compensation programs, policies and procedures for the Danforth Campus and ensure through audits, reports and personal contact that compensation programs are consistently administered in compliance with regulations.

“It is a wonderful professional opportunity to become a part of the Washington University community,” Jarrell says. “To be able to help support the university’s exemplary academics — as well as the positive impact the university has on St. Louis and the surrounding communities — through a benefits and compensation position is truly an honor.”

Most recently, Jarrell was director of human resources at Centene Corp. From 1999-2010, she was director of human resources operations at CoxHealth in Springfield, Mo.

In both positions, her responsibilities included benefits administration, compensation management and employee relations and engagement. At CoxHealth, Jarrell also managed administrative oversight of child-care centers and regulatory compliance.

Prior to that, Jarrell was human resources manager at Pepsi-Cola General Bottlers in Springfield from 1998-99, where, among other duties, she managed compensation and benefits.

From 1991-98, Jarrell was director of human resources at Citizens Memorial Hospital in Bolivar, Mo. At Citizens Memorial Hospital, Jarrell managed recruitment, compensation, benefits and employee relations.

Jarrell also served as an adjunct faculty member in human resources at Webster University’s Springfield campus from 2004-2010.

Jarrell has been certified as a senior professional in human resources by the Human Resources Certification Institute and is a member of the Society for Human Resources Management.

Jarrell earned a bachelor of science degree in management and human resources from Missouri State University in 1991 and a master’s degree in business administration from Missouri State University in 2003.