Ovell R. Barbee Biography

Ovell Barbee joined Indiana University Health in November 2021 as senior vice president and chief human resources officer, having previously held HR and diversity positions at Spectrum Health Systems, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska, Motorola and OnStar/General Motors.

Barbee supports deserving college students with books and supplies and encourages people to use their voices to advocate for needed change. He serves on the board of the National Coalition for Racial Justice and Equity (National Diversity Council) and previously served on the Heart of West Michigan United Way, Grand Rapids Community College Foundation and the National Associate of Health Services Executives, West Michigan Chapter (president). He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity.

He earned two master’s degrees, one in social work from the University of Michigan and another in human resources and labor management from Michigan State University. His undergraduate degree is in communications from the University of Michigan.

Ovell Barbee
Ovell R. Barbee
Chief Human Resources Officer
Indiana University Health

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