TSU Hires New Human Resources and Information Technology Administrators

ABOVE: Yolanda Edmond and Mario Berry

Texas Southern University (TSU), which is a 150-acre campus nestled in the heart of Houston’s historic Third Ward, recently hired two new administrators to join their team. Yolanda Edmond has been named the new senior associate vice president of human resources for TSU, while Mario Berry joins the University in the capacity of acting chief information officer.

Edmond, who most recently served as the assistant superintendent of human resources at Katy Independent School District (Katy ISD), has more than 13 years of professional human resources experience, including responsibility as the Title IX coordinator and the Level II grievance hearing officer with Katy ISD. She was tasked with staffing 64 campuses in a fast-growth district consisting of over 79,000 students and approximately 9,200 employees. Edmond worked to establish Katy ISD as a fingerprinting site and a testing center for Title I paraprofessionals, which led to more efficient hiring and onboarding processes. She was responsible for overseeing all facets of human resources to include recruitment and staffing, retirement benefits, compensation, HR compliance, HRIS, training and development employee relations, and managing an HR staff of 30. Prior to Katy ISD, Edmond worked at Houston ISD as a payroll supervisor. She holds a B.S. in health information management and an MPA (public administration) in HR management from TSU.

“I am truly honored to be able to give back to where it all started – here at Texas Southern,” said Edmond. “I am looking forward to being a part of what embodies this great organization – and to lead with a servant’s heart.”

Berry comes to TSU from Spelman College, where he served as vice president/chief information officer since 2017. There, he led a team of 29 staff members, helping to build and support the information technology infrastructure and business processes. Prior to that, he served more than 10 years in the Lone Star College System, most recently as the associate vice chancellor of enterprise applications. His core expertise includes strategic planning, project management, digitalization and mobility strategies, vendor and contract management, and security planning, among others.

“It is my humble pleasure to work for Texas Southern University as we continue to positively impact the lives of our students, faculty and staff through the use of technology,” said Berry.

Berry, who served in the U.S. Navy from 1990-2001, has a B.S. in management information systems from National American University, and a M.S. in management/computer information technology from Regis University. He is scheduled to complete his doctorate in educational leadership and management from Capella University in 2019.