A career human resources professional, Lester Arnold has 28 years experience in the field. He is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and a Society for Human Resources Management-Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) with extensive human resources senior leadership experience at headquarters level of several national corporations.
Arnold currently serves as Associate Vice Chancellor and Chief Human Resources Officer for Winston-Salem State University and also serves as instructor of Human Resources Management and Employee Law at the university. Previously Arnold served as senior vice president of human resources for FOCUS Brands Inc., the franchisor and operator of more than 4,500 ice cream stores, bakeries, restaurants and cafes under the brand names Carvel®, Cinnabon®, Schlotzsky’s®, Moe’s Southwest Grill®, McAllister’s Deli®, Auntie Anne’s and more. He also served as vice president of human resources for Aramark Healthcare, and as a leader in talent acquisition, human resources, and diversity and inclusion at Lowe’s Companies, Inc. In addition, he has worked as vice president of human resources and senior business partner, as well as vice president for college recruiting and relations with Wachovia Corporation, a Wells Fargo Company.
Arnold earned a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Norfolk State University and a MBA degree in human resources management concentration from the University of Hartford.
About Winston-Salem State University
Winston-Salem State University fosters the creative thinking, analytical problem-solving, and depth of character needed to transform the world. Rooted in liberal education, WSSU’s curriculum prepares students to be thought leaders who have the skills and knowledge needed to develop innovative solutions to complex problems. Founded in 1892, WSSU is a historically Black constituent institution of the University of North Carolina with a rich tradition of contributing to the social, cultural, intellectual, and economic growth of North Carolina, the region and beyond. Guided by the motto, “Enter to Learn, Depart to Serve,” WSSU develops leaders who advance social justice by serving the world with compassion and commitment.