It’s all about the people. That’s a given for Anita Haeder, director of human resources at Black Hills State University, who recently retired after nearly 38 years of employment with the university.

Haeder’s work through the years at BHSU has always focused on the people at the university, and her role as human resources director provided her the opportunity to work with nearly all BHSU employees.

“Without a doubt, it’s the people that have made this job what it was,” Haeder said recently as she prepared for her final day as director of human resources. Haeder is looking forward to spending more time with her family in retirement.

Haeder joined the BHSU staff immediately after graduating from high school and held a number of different positions. A BHSU staff member actually went to Spearfish High School to interview Haeder and later offered her a job. That job offer turned into a long-time employment for BHSU.

Haeder begin as a secretary in the physical plant in 1968.  Several months later she was moved into a position as a cashier and switchboard operator and later transferred to the business office to do clerical work. That led to her appointment as assistant to Marv Jastorff, business manager.  From there her duties and job titles continue to evolve to her position as director of human resources.

Looking back, Haeder says she is honored to have had the opportunity to work with so many good people.  Although she has seen a myriad of changes in the personnel world, Haeder says the basis of all human resources work is “just common sense.”

“The work is always interesting, always changing. There’s never been a dull moment,” Haeder says. In recent years, the increase in policies and technology has been challenging and has changed office procedures, but Haeder says that her commitment to the employees remained her focus.

Nancy Grassel, director of human resources at Dakota State University, has been named as the future director human resources at BHSU. Grassel received her bachelor's degree in business administration from Dakota Wesleyan University and her master's degree in administrative studies, with a concentration in human resources, from the University of South Dakota.