Van Bruggen Chosen as 2023 President-Elect

Mark Van Bruggen, IPMA-SCP, has been elected IPMA-HR's 2023 President-Elect.

Mark Van Bruggen, IPMA-SCPStatement from the 2023 President-Elect

It is an honor to have been elected to serve as the President-Elect of IPMA-HR.  Here’s a little information to introduce myself.

I am a husband, father of two, and grandfather of one. I have been working for the New Jersey Civil Service Commission for over 33 years. My areas of expertise are State and local government personnel management, classification, organizational development and the rules governing civil service. IPMA-HR continues to be a valuable resource for me and my customers. 

My vision for the association is to grow in membership by emphasizing how IPMA-HR can be useful to public-sector HR professionals at every stage of their career (entry-level to executive). This vision includes further developing our local chapters resulting in improved network and training opportunities to IPMA-HR members. I can be found on LinkedIn. Please feel free to email me too. I enjoy hearing from fellow IPMA-HR friends and colleagues.

My top three goals as the 2023 IPMA-HR President-Elect

  1. Grow Membership – There are tens of thousands of public-sector HR professionals who, for whatever reason, do not know about IPMA-HR or have decided that IPMA-HR is not valuable enough to consider joining. My goal is to spread the word about IPMA-HR and the value of being a member of a professional association that provides the tools, training and resources which can benefit every public-sector HR professional.
  2. Continue and enhance the foundational approach begun by the current IPMA-HR Executive Council and new IPMA-HR Executive Director to put IPMA-HR on strong financial and organizational footing. IPMA-HR has been providing services since 1906, and it is my desire to ensure the viability of our association for generations to come.
  3. Exceed the expectations of members by providing state-of-the art training and models of best-practices to serve today’s HR professional. Over my years in public-sector HR, I’ve witnessed the multitude of changes in approach and technology that have evolved in our profession. We need an association that is nimble and adaptive to change as society and the field of public-sector HR management continue to evolve.

IPMA-HR National Member and Leadership Roles

I have been a national member of IPMA-HR since 1996.  Beginning with my work to charter a New Jersey Chapter while also serving on the Eastern Region Program Committee, there has rarely been a time when I haven’t worn multiple hats of leadership in the association. From having served in nearly every officer position at the chapter and region level to serving twice on the IPMA-HR Executive Committee, IPMA-HR has become my passion. My involvement and accomplishments through IPMA-HR include:

  • Chapter President (New Jersey Chapter)
  • Region President (Eastern Region)
  • 2-time Member of the IPMA-HR Executive Council
  • 4-time Member of the IPMA-HR Finance Committee (1-time Chair)
  • 2-time Member of the IPMA-HR Nominating Committee
  • 6-time Member of the Program Committee for the IPMA-HR International Conference (2-time Chair – 2014 Philadelphia; 2017 San Antonio)
  • 4-time Eastern Region President’s Award Recipient
  • 2001 IPMA-HR Eastern Region “HR Professional of the Year” award recipient
  • 2009 IPMA-HR Eastern Region “Frank H. Densler” award recipient (the Eastern Region’s highest honor)
  • 11- time Chair of the IPMA-HR Eastern Region Exhibitor/Sponsor Committee
  • IPMA-HR Certified Practitioner (and Senior Practitioner) since 2009.
  • 2-time Host Chair for the IPMA-HR Eastern Region Conference

My Public Service as a HR Professional

For over 34 years, it has been my great fortune to work at the NJ Civil Service Commission. During this time, I have had the pleasure of working with public-sector HR professionals from the smallest beach towns to the largest cities and State agencies in New Jersey. I have worked hard to establish a reputation that is professional and personable – taking the time to understand every situation; consider all the alternatives; seek the advice of colleagues; and respond quickly. This has led to amazing relationships and friendships with hundreds of public servants and HR colleagues. My philosophy is to be true to my core beliefs, listen intently to what people say, and work hard to help others attain their goals.

My Area of Practice in Public Sector HR

I am an HR Consultant to State and local governments, providing expertise as to the rules and practices governing NJ Civil Service, job classification, organizational structure and best-practices in the field of HR Management. I was recently advanced to become the HR Consultant to the Chief of Staff for the NJ Civil Service Commission. In this new role, I advise the current administration on a myriad of Civil Service issues and appointments at the highest levels of State government.

My Education and Volunteerism

I have a B.A. in Sociology and a Master’s in Public Administration (both from the University of Delaware). For over 25 years, I have been an active member, officer and committee volunteer in IPMA-HR. Outside of the profession, I am an accomplished acapella singer and now direct a men’s acapella chorus in Princeton, NJ. I have been a long-time volunteer in my local church and food pantry.

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