Harold C. Shields has been a member of the Edinboro University Council of Trustees since 1997 and served two terms as chairperson.
He earned both bachelor's and master's degrees from Edinboro University. A career human resources professional, he is the principal in Harold C. Shields HR Consulting LLC.
Before starting his own consulting firm, Mr. Shields was Human Resources director of Global Business Services and HR director of Pittsburgh Resource Units for Alcoa in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, for 28 years until retiring in 2009. He also worked for the Opportunities Industrialization Center in Erie, Pennsylvania, a self-help program founded in Philadelphia by the late Leon H. Sullivan, as well as for Bucyrus-Erie and WICU-TV in Erie.
Mr. Shields is a member of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Board of Governors and president of the Pennsylvania Association of Councils of Trustees. He is a past member of the Edinboro University Foundation Board of Directors and the Edinboro University Alumni Association Board of Directors. His other civic efforts include serving as board president of Three Rivers Youth and as a board member of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Pittsburgh. He was the first African-American elected to the Erie School Board and served a term as president.
He and wife, Stephanie, have four children.