Campus News - February 26, 2001

Yturralde brings UNM world of compensation experience
Assumed HR position Feb. 19

By Laurie Mellas-Ramirez

Joseph A. YturraldeJoseph A. (Al) Yturralde flew into Albuquerque from Japan on Friday, bought a car Saturday, rented an apartment Sunday and reported bright-eyed Monday Feb. 19 for his new position as UNM’s compensation manager.

Along with high energy, Yturralde brings 28 years of human resources experience to UNM — more than 18 of those in compensation and classification. His compensation experience includes developing innovative wage and salary programs around the world.

Prior to his selection, Yturralde served as deputy of the Manpower Division for United States Marine Corps Bases in Japan. He managed the civilian and military human resources programs, consisting of 250 employees serving 3,800 employees in the U.S. Department of Defense.

Yturralde’s career has also taken him to Spain, Cuba and Italy. He worked for a number of years at Kirtland Air Force Base serving federal employees. In Europe, he learned that culture has to mirror personnel practices. For example, in Japan there were more than 25 different allowances in the compensation package, including a separation allowance provided to employees whose spouse lived in a different geographic area.

“The more experience you have working in the different systems, the better you can understand why we do different things in different places with compensation,” he says.

Yturralde plans to spend the first few months on the job studying UNM and its comprehensive compensation history. He doesn’t yet have a plan for change. If he did, he says, “Then I should be fired. That means I’m coming in with preconceived notions.”
“I’m impressed with the campus, its people and diversity,” Yturralde adds.

“Al is a talented and energetic HR professional. We are excited to have someone with the depth of experience that Al brings joining our HR team,” said Susan A. Carkeek, associate vice president and director of UNM Human Resources.

Originally from El Paso, Texas, and a graduate of the University of Texas at El Paso, Yturralde considers Albuquerque “as close to home as it gets. I’m thrilled to be here. I really am,” he says. His wife, Lillie, and 19-year-old daughter, Lina, who is wrapping up courses in Japan, will join him in about a month, he adds.

Yturralde succeeds UNM compensation manager Shannon Mick, who is now manager of UNM Benefits.

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