Higher Education Human Resource Awards

The nomination deadline for the 2017 awards has passed. This year's awards will be presented at the CUPA-HR Annual Conference and Expo, September 16-18, in San Diego, California.


Chief Executive HR Champion Award

Sponsored by Sibson Consulting

This award honors the president or chancellor of a higher education institution or system who has demonstrated significant support for the institution’s HR function. This can be in the form of sustained support over a period of time or support and backing of a single large effort or initiative. Through the generous support of Sibson Consulting, CUPA-HR will make an $8,000 contribution to the recipient’s institution.


  • Sustained and continued support of a college or university’s HR function/organization/initiatives by an institution or system president or chancellor;
  • Demonstrated innovation by an institution or system president or chancellor in creating a university culture that supports teamwork, diversity, creativity and enthusiasm in all segments of the university community, with special emphasis on faculty and staff;
  • Significant contributions by an institution or system president or chancellor to the leadership development of faculty and staff at all levels;
  • Nominee’s institution is a member of CUPA-HR.

Eligibility Note: Individuals who are employed by the association, individuals who serve on the CUPA-HR national board of directors, and the institutions of those directors are not eligible to be nominated or selected for awards during their terms of service.