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State official , management consultant

Ersa Hines Poston, American management consultant, former state official.


Poston, Ersa Hines was born on May 3, 1921 in Paducah, Kentucky, United States. Daughter of Robert S. and Adele (Johnson) Hines.


AB, Kentucky State College, 1942. Master of Social Work, Atlanta University, 1946. Doctor of Laws, Union College, 1971.

Doctor of Laws, Fordham University, 1978. Doctor of Humane Letters, Mercy College, 1980.


Community organization secretary Hartford Tuberculosis and Health Association, Connecticut, 1946—1947. Teen-age program director Westside Branch Young Women’s Christian Association, New York City, 1947—1948, adult director, 1948—1949. Assistant director Clinton Community Center, New York City, 1949—1950, director, 1950—1953.

Field secretary New York City Welfare and Health Council, 1953—1955. Field project supervisor New York City Youth Board, 1955, assistant director program review, 1955—1957. Area director New York State Division Youth, 1957—1962, youth work coordinator, 1962—1964.

Confidential assistant Governor Rockefeller, 1964. Director New York State Office Economic Opportunity, 1964—1967. President New York State Civil Service Commission, 1967—1975, commissioner, 1975—1979.

Vice-chairman United States Merit Systems Protection Board, 1979—1983. President Poston Public Personnel Management Consultant, Chevy Chase, Maryland, 1983—2009. Member Commission Study Foreign Service Personnel Systems, 1988—1989.

Former member International Civil Service Commission, National Commission Study Goals State Colleges and Universities. Member advisory council Federally Employed Women. Chairman President's Advisory Council Intergovtl.

Personnel Policy; trustee Medical College Pennsylvania. Board directors Public Private Ventures. Vice president National Urban League.

United States delegate United Nations General Assembly, 1976. Vice presiding officer United States Commission Observance International Woman's Year. Board governors Albany Medical Center Hospital.

Board directors Whitney M. Young Memorial Foundation.


Member of National Council Negro Women, Links, Girlfriends Inc., National Academy Public Administration, International Personnel Management Association (life. Honorary member, Executive Board award National Capital area 1979, Walter Stockberger award 1987), Alpha Kappa Alpha (Outstanding awards Brooklyn Chapter 1960, 1965), Lambda Kappa Mu (honorary Achievement award Nu Chapter).


Robert S. Hines

Adele (Johnson) Hines