Letter to Members From CUPA-HR Board Chair Lynn Bynum
January 17, 2013

The CUPA-HR board of directors met December 6-7. We reflected on the progress our strategic emphasis committees and task forces made during the first six months of the 2012-13 fiscal year and charted a course for the next six months. Following is a quick summary of some of that important work.

Public Policy Committee

From the Affordable Care Act and its impact on adjunct faculty to the definition of a supervisor and affirmative action, our public policy team in D.C. and our Public Policy Committee have been incredibly busy. Read the latest Washington Update, and keep an eye on the advocacy and compliance section of the CUPA-HR website for the latest updates.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee

This committee worked with the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) from the Department of Labor to present two sessions at the 2012 annual conference. The committee also planned and facilitated a very well-received interactive preconference workshop. The committee is putting together a great list of resources from campuses across the country that we will be sharing with everyone very soon!

International Outreach Task Force

Sixty participants from across the U.S. and overseas gathered at CUPA-HR’s inaugural International Symposium, a full-day workshop preceding the 2012 annual conference. The task force is currently working on a similar symposium for the 2013 conference and is hard at work developing resources to assist our U.S.-based institutions with campuses in other countries. We are also pleased to continue our partnership with NACUBO to provide resources to member campuses.

Mentoring Task Force

Prior to the 2012 annual conference, the task force reached out to attendees to let them know of our plans to kick off a six-month mentoring program pilot at the conference. We had set a goal of recruiting 40 individuals (20 mentees and 20 mentors), and we posted the mentee and mentor application forms online for interested parties to fill out. The response was overwhelming, and in less than 24 hours, 50 people had applied! The kickoff at the conference went well, and we’re now contemplating next steps. We have also been working on an affinity mentoring program to connect chapter leaders.

HR Transformation Expert Council

The HR Transformation Expert Council put together an interactive preconference workshop for the 2012 annual conference. The workshop was a sell-out and received excellent participant ratings. The group continues to tackle a significant to-do list and will be presenting at some of the region conferences.

Emerging Issues Committee

The Emerging Issues Committee has created a literature research subcommittee to gather, synthesize and prepare resources to help us address important emerging issues. The committee has also created a partnership development subcommittee that is seeking ways to partner with other higher education associations to address important emerging issues that impact not just higher education HR professionals, but other areas of campus.

Awards Committee

The Awards Committee has created a new award to honor an institution president or chancellor who truly acknowledges and supports the important work of HR on campus. We are very pleased to have the opportunity to recognize some great leaders of higher education! Keep an eye on the awards web page for details.

New Learning and Professional Development Framework

Beginning with the work of a task force that met in July, we spent the first six months of the fiscal year creating a framework to guide all of CUPA-HR’s learning and professional development efforts. The board spent time discussing and evaluating this framework and our next actions to share it with our member institutions. To say we are excited would be an understatement! Look for more information about the framework through our ongoing communications and at the region conferences this spring!

Review of Our Strategic Priorities and Committee Structure

The board spent the majority of the December meeting reviewing our strategic priorities and current committee structure. Our association continues to grow. We now have more than 1,900 member organizations and over 15,600 representatives from these organizations. The bottom line for us — as your board of directors — is that we want to be sure that we are focused on the important work necessary to support you and your colleagues on campus and to also help you with the “next” issues that will require your time and effort. We will share the revised strategic priorities with members in the February eNews.

We begin 2013 with many challenges facing our respective institutions. As HR professionals, we have numerous opportunities to influence and impact these challenges. We value and encourage your input as CUPA-HR continues its mission of being the leading voice regarding higher education workforce issues.


Lynn Bynum
Chair, CUPA-HR Board of Directors
Chief Human Resources Officer, Bellarmine University