James McGrail

Chief Human Resources Officer

Jim McGrail is the Chief Human Resources Officer of the University System of New Hampshire (USNH). He and his team serve in an advisory and collaborative capacity to each of the Human Resources Offices at the University of New Hampshire, Keene State College, Plymouth State University and Granite State College. The USNH Office of Human Resources is responsible for developing, implementing and administrating comprehensive human resources programs and policies in support of the USNH system. He also serves as a staff liaison to the Board of Trustees’ Human Resources Executive Council, Compensation Committee and Executive Performance Review Subcommittee.

Jim joined the University System in June 2015. Prior to his appointment, he had 25 successful years in human resources at large, diverse, and global organizations. The last 10 years have been in senior human resources leadership roles with responsibility for all HR disciplines but with significant focus on strategic benefits and compensation. He has presented at conferences on the topic of global benefits strategy. He is a New Hampshire native and an alumni of the University of New Hampshire.