Howard University Welcomes Warren Petty as Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer


WASHINGTON – Howard University announced Warren Small (BA ’86) will serve as vice president and director of human resources. Petty, a Howard University alumnus, has been an advocate for his Alma Mater throughout his more than 25 years of executive leadership in a variety of industries.

“As a Howard alumnus, I always felt that I had missed out on the opportunity to fully participate in the history and impact of the school during my time as a student. “Petty said. “It is an honor to have the opportunity to return and contribute as part of President Frederick’s leadership team to help propel Howard forward as a global role model of excellence. It’s an exciting and humbling time for me.”

Small most recently, he served as Vice President of Human Resources at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey. Her responsibilities included designing and implementing employee onboarding and assessment modules, overseeing talent management, and external relations with the institution’s pension and healthcare partners. He oversaw the transformation of the facility’s ERP system to Workday and helped increase employee retention and satisfaction within the facility.

“We are extremely pleased to welcome Mr. Petty back to his Alma Mater to fill this critical role,” said Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Tashni-Ann Dubroy. “He will bring a wealth of expertise and a deep passion for the university community to this role. Please join us in extending our best wishes to Mr. Petty.

A nationally sought-after expert on transforming HR processes and aligning human resources with organizational goals, Small brings specific experience in managing the workforce and supporting metropolitan organizations to Howard. Among the most notable are a vice-presidency at HeartShare Human Services and a leadership role with the Children’s Aid Society, both in New York.

In his new role, Small will be responsible for building a culture of service excellence, including implementing and executing Workday to better support employees, and building relationships with managers and teams to strengthen the development pipeline of the University leadership.

Small earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism from the Howard University School of Communications in 1986 and his master’s degree in communications from Wheaton College. He is a doctoral candidate in the Organizational Change and Leadership Program at the University of Southern California.


About Howard University

Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private research university comprised of 14 schools and colleges. Students follow more than 140 study programs leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University operates with a commitment to excellence in truth and service and has produced one Schwarzman Scholars, three Marshall Scholars, four Rhodes Scholars, 12 Truman Scholars, 25 Pickering Scholars, and more than 165 Fulbright recipients. Howard is also producing more African-American doctorates on campus. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, visit


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