Instructors
Bob (Robert) Lavigna
M.S., Human Resources Management, Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations

Mr. Bob Lavigna has more than 30 years of experience leading public sector HR organizations and programs.  He is the Director of the CPS HR Institute for Public Sector Employee Engagement™, which is dedicated to helping public sector and nonprofit organizations measure and improve employee engagement.  Mr. Lavigna recently retired from the position of Assistant Vice Chancellor and Director of HR for the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  In this positon, he directed the full range of HR policies and programs for a university ranked among the world’s top 25 research institutions.  

Mr. Lavigna is an elected Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration.  His individual awards and honors also include selection as a “Public Official of the Year” by Governing magazine, the highest individual achievement awards from both the International Public Management Association for HR (IPMA-HR) and National Association of State Personnel Executives (NASPE), and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) “Master’s Thesis Award.”  He was also the first HR executive to be awarded a “Henry Toll Fellowship” from the Council of State Governments.  

The organizations Mr. Lavigna has led have received innovation awards from the Ford Foundation, International Public Management Association for HR (IPMA-HR), Council of State Governments, National Association of State Personnel Executives (NASPE), Urban League, Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), and others.