A Passion for People
A Q&A with Vice President for Human Resources Jerry Cutler
Jerry Cutler, Montclair State University’s new Vice President for Human Resources, is a former Assistant Attorney General and Principal Counsel to the Maryland State Labor Relations Boards and a former Director of Human Resources for the University of Delaware. He has taught human resource management and related courses at the University of Delaware and the Johns Hopkins University School of Continuing Studies. He is also an author, editor and contributor to a number of publications, including “Legal Guide to Human Resources,” and “HR Series: Policies and Practices.”
When did you start your new job?
I started at Montclair State on February 3.
What were your first impressions of the University?
I found the people on campus – students, faculty and staff – to be bright, engaged and friendly. It’s also a beautiful campus and I’m looking forward to spending more time exploring when the weather gets warmer.
What most appealed to you about Montclair State when you were thinking about working here?
I found the people here to be most appealing. Everyone I met when I first visited was warm and welcoming. I was also impressed with the University’s record of accomplishments. I believe this all speaks highly of Montclair State’s leadership and demonstrates a real commitment to collaboration and continual improvement.
What is your vision for Human Resources?
I believe the Human Resources division can be a valued partner in advancing the University’s mission and achieving its strategic goals.
Are there any challenges unique to the University that you hope to focus on?
I believe that each higher education institution presents its own set of challenges and opportunities. At the same time, there are many issues that are common to all higher education institutions. Ultimately, I believe it’s important to understand the qualities that make Montclair State unique and special and build a responsive team that can help it move forward to achieve its strategic objectives.
How do you plan to meet the needs of University employees?
I plan to do a lot of listening, learning and understanding!
Have you moved to Montclair?
I feel very fortunate to be living in Montclair. It’s a lovely community with diverse cultural offerings and I’ve already met many nice people here.
What do you do in your spare time?
I enjoy the outdoors, and look forward to hiking and biking when the weather gets warmer. I also enjoy live theater and like to read and write.
What are you reading now?
One of my passions is leadership and motivation. I am particularly interested in how these qualities can impact employee engagement and organizational productivity and performance. Two books I would recommend are Daniel Pink’s Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us and Leadership Charisma by Bud Haney, Deirec McCann and Jim Sirbasku.