Michael D. Christman

Director of Human Resources
252.672.5551 252.672.5477
Post Office Box 867, New Bern, NC 28563-0867

Michael Christman is the Director of Human Resources at Ward and Smith, P.A., responsible for firm-wide human resources strategy, organizational and leadership development, compensation and benefits, employee relations, performance management, training, and compliance.  Michael provides executive-level counsel and guidance on HR related matters.

Michael is an innovative executive with over 20 years of demonstrated success in multi-unit operations, successfully leading and managing key human resources functions. Michael has a proven ability to positively affect business performance through the optimization of human capital assets and the application of innovative practices and techniques. Before joining the firm, Michael served for 12 years as the Vice President of Human Resources for a large, private equity owned dental services organization.

● Healthcare
● Professional services
● Retail
● Legal

Demonstrated success in multi-unit, multi-state, and private equity backed operations.


● People Strategies
● Organization Effectiveness
● Performance Management 
● Workforce Planning 
● Executive Coaching 
● Employee Relations (multi-site, multi-function)
● Executive Compensation
● Benefits Design & Administration
● Leadership Development
● Change Management & Reengineering 
● Employee Engagement & Retention
● Talent Acquisition 
● Succession Planning
● Policy & Handbook Development 
● Workplace Investigations 
● Employment Law & Compliance
● EEOC/State Discrimination
● Workers' Compensation


  • M.B.A., Temple University
  • B.A., Political Science, Temple University

Professional and Community Affiliations

  • Society for Human Resources

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