Ervin Owens Named Scripps Florida Human Resources Manager
The Scripps Research Institute has announced the appointment
of Ervin Owens as human resources manager at the newly established
Scripps Florida in Palm Beach County. Beginning this week,
Owens, 49, will manage non-faculty recruitment, hiring, personnel
practices and policies, and staff training for the Florida
Owens comes to Scripps Florida with more than 15 years experience
in Fortune 500 companies, including senior human resources
and labor relations positions with Motorola, Inc., Kraft General
Foods, and General Motors Corporation. Most recently, he has
served as an independent human resources consultant with SharpHR
Associates in Deerfield Beach, Florida.
"Ervin brings wide experience and deep knowledge of human
resources policies and practices to Scripps Florida and to
The Scripps Research Institute," said Judith Munoz, Scripps
Research vice president of human resources. "He also knows
the state and local labor market, as well as human resources
issues and regulations particular to Florida. He will be a
very valuable addition to our new operations."
"I'm tremendously excited about the opportunity of joining
Scripps Florida as it establishes itself in Florida," Owens
said. "Individual by individual, we will build a research
institution of world-class quality that benefits the people
of Palm Beach County, contributes to the economic health of
the state, and improves human health worldwide."
Owens served as director of Human Resources for the 3,800-employee
Motorola, Inc., facility in Boynton Beach, Florida from 1994
to 2001. Prior to that, he was with Kraft General Foods for
four years, rising from plant human resources manager in Memphis,
Tennessee, through regional human resources manager in Glenview,
Illinois, to manager of human resources in San Antonio, Texas.
From 1985 to 1990, Owens held a number of human resources
positions with General Motors Corporation in Warren, Michigan,
culminating as senior labor relations representative.
After receiving a bachelor's degree in Education and a master's
in Education Administration from Central Michigan University,
Mt. Pleasant, Owens served as a vice principal and program
coordinator for the Atlantic City, New Jersey, public schools,
and then as director of the Office of Minority Affairs and
assistant to the director of student life at his alma mater
Owens serves on the Board of Directors of the Palm Beach
County Chapter of the National Urban League.
Ervin Owens comes to Scripps Florida
with more than 15 years experience in Fortune 500 companies.
Photo by Kevin Fung.