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AU taps Hubbell Lighting Executive as College of Business Dean

June 26, 2016

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Anderson University announced today that Steve Nail will be the new dean of AU’s College of Business. Well-known throughout the state and region as the Vice President of Human Resources at Hubbell Lighting Inc., Nail will bring considerable corporate experience and expertise to the popular and highly respected business program at the university that, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education, has been the 18th fastest growing regional university in the United States over the last decade.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Steve Nail to the Anderson University family,” said Dr. Evans Whitaker, Anderson’s president. “Not only will he be an excellent leader as we further expand our College of Business to place highly trained Anderson students in key corporate positions in South Carolina and beyond, but he will be a valuable resource as we continue to identify emerging job markets and develop new programs to meet those needs.”

The College of Business holds national accreditation, and offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in business on campus, at the University Center of Greenville, and online. 

Nail will assume his new role at Anderson University July 1.


Before joining Anderson University, Steve Nail served as the Vice President of Human Resources for $2.5 billion of Hubbell Inc.’s business, including its Lighting business in Greenville, SC. He has been responsible for all HR related matters for over 30 Hubbell manufacturing facilities and two corporate headquarters buildings.

Major accomplishments include overseeing the restructuring of the corporation from 16 companies into one, designing the current leadership structure of the organization, policy development (including flex scheduling, compressed work weeks, part-time and telecommuting), 32 union contracts successfully negotiated, succession/career development planning process, mentoring and internship program development and extensive employee relations activities.   

In 2008 Hubbell Lighting was named the Number 1 Best Place to Work in SC in the large company category.  In 2009 Hubbell was awarded the Business of Integrity Award in Customer Service and the Business of Integrity Award in Community Service in the large company category by the Better Business Bureau. In 2010 Hubbell Lighting received an honorable mention as a Sloan Award nominee placing the company in the top 20 percent of US employers for flexible workplaces.

In 2012 Steve Nail was named the South Carolina Human Resource Professional of the Year by the SC Chamber of Commerce and the SC Society for Human Resource Professionals. In 2016, he was given the Lifetime Achievement award by the Greenville Society for Human Resources Professionals.

In 2015, Governor Haley appointed Nail to serve a multiyear term as a member of the SC Health Planning Committee.  He is also the current Chairperson of the SC Chamber of Commerce HR Committee and is an Advisory Board Member of Vantage Point, a nationally recognized B2B marketing company.

Prior to joining Hubbell, he was the VP of Labor and Employee Relations and Assistant General Counsel for Michelin North America.  He began his career with the National Labor Relations Board where he held the positions of Field Examiner and Trial Attorney.  During his tenure with the Board he investigated over 600 unfair labor practice charges, worked on over 100 union organizational campaign cases, wrote more than 30 decisions on behalf of the Region Director and tried numerous cases in front of Administrative Law Judge’s on behalf of the Board. 

Nail’s undergraduate degree is in business with a double major in Finance and Economics.  He has a law degree from the University of Baltimore School of Law. Steve holds both the SHRM-SPC and SPHR certifications and a Registered Corporate Coach certificate from the Worldwide Association of Business Coaches.  He actively coaches and mentors individuals on business and life issues.  His first book, “Path to Fulfillment,” was published earlier this year.  He is married, and has two children and three grandchildren.

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