Ms. Pamela J. Turbeville graduated with distinction from the University of Arizona in 1972 as a double major in Family and Consumer Sciences and Education. Upon graduating, Ms. Turbeville pursued graduate degrees (MBA in Finance from the University of Denver, MS in Environmental Science from the University of Texas at Dallas) and executive education (Stanford Executive Program). She was selected to receive the 2000 College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) Alumni Achievement Award at the Homecoming event. Ms. Turbeville has strong family ties to the University of Arizona . Her father, John H. Turbeville, two aunts, and many other family members received UA degrees.
In 2004, Ms. Turbeville was named senior vice president and chief executive officer of Navistar Financial Corporation, the financial subsidiary of Navistar Corporation. Prior to that, she served as Senior Vice President, Human Resources and Administration, International Truck and Engine Corporation (formerly known as Navistar International and International Harvester), the world's leading supplier of mid-range diesel engines, International manufactures and markets trucks, buses, and engines. Over 100 years old, the company is currently ranked among the top 200 in the Fortune 500. In her position as Senior VP, Human Resources, Ms. Turbeville was responsible for human resources, corporate communications, public affairs, health and safety, corporate security and facility services and served on the company's Executive Council. Prior to joining International, Ms. Turbeville served as senior vice president, Human Resources, Environment Health and Safety and Government Relations, W. R. Grace and Company, and held other executive positions at Northern Telecom Ltd., and Johns Manville Corporation.
Ms. Turbeville's highly successful career track, in and of itself, attests to her excellence. However, what sets Ms. Turbeville apart from others is that she has strived to excel in areas typically and traditionally dominated by men. This distinction applies to most of her former executive positions. Earlier in her career, she held a position as Engineer with the Jeffrey Mine, serving in the safety and industrial engineering departments. She also worked in the automotive and aerospace businesses. In her various roles as a senior human resource executive, Ms. Turbeville has worked tirelessly to develop a world-class HR organization. During her tenure, she has established an employee service center, expanded culture change initiatives, implemented a strategic plan tied to the needs of the business and employees, and developed a diversity program.
In addition to her professional success, Ms. Turbeville has devoted herself to the community by serving on various boards such as The Advisory Board for the Catherine T. MacArthur School of Continuing Education, The Society for Human Resources Management, and the American Society for Training and Development. She is currently a Trustee of Columbia College and is a member of the Chicago Network.
Ms. Turbeville is sought by various organizations and associations as a speaker. In 2000, she was invited to address a conference, sponsored by the Department of Economics at the University of Arizona , which focused on labor management relationships. Ms. Turbeville made an excellent presentation regarding “Navistar's Turnaround and the Role of the Labor-Management Relationship Transformation.”
In 2000, to support faculty research and teaching, Ms. Turbeville established The Pamela J. Turbeville Endowment in the School of Family and Consumer Sciences. In 2004, she designated funds to name the Student Service Center in the new building. With the support, our students will enjoy excellent educational experiences while attending the University of Arizona . When she was asked what advice she would provide to today's college students who look for career opportunities, she said, “Get the best experience you can. Ignore the title.”