WRAL mourns loss of treasured employee

Posted December 19, 2009 7:11 p.m. EST

— Capitol Broadcasting Company, the parent company of WRAL-TV, lost a treasured employee on Saturday when Corporate Vice President of Human Resources Jan Sharp died after a hard-fought battle with cancer.

Sharp spent almost 12 years heading CBC’s HR department, gaining the title of vice president in 2001. She came to CBC from Encompass and brought with her a wealth of experience and expertise in the HR field. She had also served in management at Exide Electronics.

Sharp received her lifetime certification as a Senior Professional, Human Resources (SPHR) in 1991, and had been a member of the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) since 1988. She served on the Board of Raleigh-Wake Human Resources Management Association (RWHRMA), including a turn as president, and on the State Council for SHRM as the college relations director, a position she held from 1997-2006.

“Jan was a great mentor to me and many others in the HR community serving as the College Relations Director for the NCSHRM for many years,” Corporate Human Resources Manager Angie Emerline said in a statement. “She provided me with many growth opportunities and was always available to listen and provide advice and guidance. Jan’s presence at CBC as well as her activism in the HR community will leave a true and lasting legacy.”

Sharp was presented with many honors for her work, including the Robert F. McLain Award from RWHRMA in 2000 for outstanding service to the chapter, the HR Professional of the Year for the State of North Carolina in 2000 from the N.C. State SHRM, and Outstanding Service Award from N.C. State SHRM in 2006.

Beyond HR, Sharp was instrumental in organizing the Triangle Chapter of American Women in Radio & Television (AWRT), serving as president and director at large of the board. That work led her to a seat on the national board for AWRT.

Sharp is survived by her husband, Ed, and their boys, Chas, who is a sophomore at N.C. State University, and Hunter, who is a seventh grader.

A memorial service will be held on Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. at the Church of the Good Shepherd, 121 Hillsborough St., Raleigh.