Joining the dream team

Joining the dream team

Key takeaways

  • Formerly a Banner user at an Ellucian customer institution, Tammy is now a member of the Banner HR team.
  • Ellucian’s dedication to its mission and passion for higher ed led her to her dream career.

My HR career began 20 years ago—first in financial services and consulting, then in higher education as an HR administrator at a college in the Northeast.

Tammy at the Louvre

During my time on campus, implementing and then managing Banner HR became pivotal points in my career. Through my work on Banner, I met great consultants from what was then SunGard. (It was Banner 8 back then!) The learning experience was intense and totally immersive, and on the day of go-live, we all exhaled and rejoiced in bringing the university into a new era.

I couldn’t help noticing that the consultants from Ellucian weren’t just effective and knowledgeable—they were also the happiest people I had ever met in a workplace. My curiosity was piqued, so I looked on the Ellucian website—not for a job at first, but just to see what Ellucian was like as a company. Like any good HR professional would, I immediately noticed that Ellucian had a “Great Place to Work” designation, which is not easy to attain.

I read about employees’ enthusiasm for their work—their passion for bringing transformative technology to higher ed, how much they learned from functional users on campus, and how meaningful it was for them to empower their clients to reach their institutional goals. I made my way over to the career site, and my dream job was right there. I applied, I interviewed, and now I’m having a blast as a Solutions Consultant for the Banner HR team, living my best #ellucianlife.

I’m a part of a team where we get to help colleges and universities see the best of what Ellucian has to offer. I’m on the other side now, and with each campus visit I’m able to partner with our prospects and clients to empower their employees and help the university go further faster!

Tammy Riley presenting

It’s an amazing job that doesn’t feel like work—I’m completely in love with what I do. But more important than what I do is the honor of working with the best in the business. My colleagues are the truth, and they’ve already impacted my career in such a big way. Their long tenure—both in higher education and here at Ellucian—is only part of what makes them great. Their dedication to clients, to higher education, and to making a newbie feel like part of the team is the true meaning of #poweredbypassion.

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About the Author
Tammy Riley
Tammy Riley
Senior Solutions Consultant

After 20 years in human resources Tammy Riley joined Ellucian last fall. The first 10 years of her career were spent in corporate HR with companies such as Morgan Stanley, PriceWaterhouse Coopers and JP Morgan Chase Bank.