George Fox University hires Nichole Drew as its first director of employee empowerment

September 11th, 2017

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The former talent development manager with Enterprise Holdings Inc. arrives with 13-plus years of management and HR experience

NEWBERG, Ore. – Nichole Drew, a talent development manager the past four years with Enterprise Holdings Inc. who has 13-plus years of management and human resources experience, joins George Fox University this month as its first director of employee empowerment.

Drew will be a key leader in the university’s new Innovation and Empowerment division, which aligns employee empowerment (formerly HR), information technology, data analytics, strategic planning and innovation. As the employee empowerment leader, Drew will give special focus to talent development and hiring. She will also oversee the main HR functions of the university.

She joins the university after overseeing talent development and leadership training efforts with Enterprise Holdings Inc. for Oregon and Southwest Washington since May of 2013. Her responsibilities also included recruiting and executing compliance training on topics ranging from privacy and security to ethics and diversity; mentoring employees under her charge; and serving as a classroom facilitator.

Prior to her role as a talent development manager, Drew worked for five years as an area rental manager for Enterprise Rent a Car, overseeing 60 employees at eight locations. The position gave her experience in hiring, training and developing teams of branch managers, assistant managers and management trainees; executing strategic plans to increase revenue, contain cost, grow business and increase customer service; and creating and conducting high-level group training sessions. In her role, she oversaw $20 million in assets and helped generate $10 million in annual revenue and $2.2 in annual profit.

Drew got her start at Enterprise in 2004, when she was hired as a management trainee. She eventually worked her way up to an assistant store manager position after seven months with the company and achieved branch manager standing within 13 months after her hire date, earning the job over candidates with three to five years of experience. She worked in store management until her promotion to area rental manager in 2008.

In addition to her job responsibilities, Drew was selected by her executive team to serve in a number of leadership and committee roles, including as chair of the Former Mentor Program, the Women in Business program and the Annual Leadership Retreat. She was also a team leader on the company’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee and its Workplace Quality Committee.

“Nichole brings the energy and experience to lead this new department,” said Rob Westervelt, vice president for innovation and empowerment. “This department is going to play a new role as a strategic business partner within the university and Nichole’s corporate background in talent development will be extremely helpful to us in this effort.”

Drew earned a bachelor’s degree in communication studies from Portland State University in 2003 and was a four-year student-athlete at the university, earning a scholarship in softball and serving as a team captain.

“I am excited to work at George Fox for a couple of reasons,” Drew said. “First, George Fox has a strong mission, vision and values, and it excites me to work for an organization that knows what they stand for and lives it every day. As a Newberg resident, I have had the pleasure of interacting with George Fox students in a variety of ways, and I’ve always been impressed.

“Secondly, I absolutely loved my college experience, and the thought of being back on campus and involved in that precious time of a young person’s life is extremely exciting to me. I will be 100 percent behind the university’s mission of being the very best Christian college and helping graduates achieve better life outcomes.”

George Fox University is ranked by Forbes among the top Christian universities in the country and is a Christian college classified by U.S. News & World Report as a first-tier regional university. Money magazine ranked it the No. 1 school in Oregon in its 2017-18 “Best Colleges for Your Money” list. More than 4,000 students attend classes on the university’s campus in Newberg, Ore., and at teaching centers in Portland, Salem and Redmond, Ore. George Fox offers bachelor’s degrees in more than 40 majors, degree-completion programs for working adults, six seminary degrees, and 13 master’s and doctoral degrees.


Rob Westervelt
Vice President for Innovation and Empowerment
George Fox University

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