About Andy Brantley

Andy Brantley has served as president and chief executive officer of CUPA-HR since July 2005. With the leadership and guidance of high functioning boards and great national office colleagues, Andy has led the transformation of CUPA-HR. The association has grown from 1,500 member institutions to over 2,000, and from 6,600 institutional reps to more than 31,000. Attendance at the annual conference has more than doubled, and CUPA-HR's annual revenue has almost tripled. In 2007, the association built a new office home, and paid off the mortgage in less than three years.

In addition to guiding CUPA-HR’s growth, Andy and his colleagues have been catalysts for change in CUPA-HR’s governance structure and strategic priorities. Under his leadership, the number of chapters has increased from 23 to 41, and the association has developed guidelines and affiliation agreements to strengthen the tie between chapters and the national organization. The national board has changed from geographic appointments to competency-based appointments, and board committees have been restructured to align with the association’s strategic priorities. With the help of over 200 leaders, CUPA-HR developed a competency/learning framework to guide all learning and development efforts and launched a new learning management system that offers a growing catalog of online courses and helps members track their development. The association has also made diversity and inclusion a cornerstone of its work, and has strengthened its position as the source of higher education compensation data and as the voice of higher education human resources professionals on Capitol Hill.

Andy has written extensively on the challenges faced by higher education human resources professionals and the higher education workforce. He serves on a number of higher ed and workforce management-related boards including the steering committee of the Washington Higher Education Secretariat. Andy is a frequent keynote and workshop presenter at meetings across the country and recently contributed to The Rise of HR, a collection of essays written by 73 HR thought leaders to highlight the critical issues facing business and talent professionals.

Before he was employed at CUPA-HR, Andy worked for 17 years in higher education, serving as associate vice president and chief human resources officer at the University of Georgia, assistant vice president and director of human resources at Davidson College, and director of human resources at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. He completed his MBA in 1986 and began his professional career as a labor relations representative for the Chrysler Corporation.

Prior to his appointment as CUPA-HR’s President and CEO, Andy served the association for a number of years as a volunteer leader at both the regional and national levels. His service culminated in a term as chair of the national board of directors in 2000-01. He is also a recipient of the association’s highest honor, the Donald E. Dickason Award, which recognizes distinguished and continuing service to CUPA-HR and excellence in the field of higher education human resources.

Andy spends his free time involved in community, music and fitness activities. He has enjoyed choral performance as a member of choirs and auditioned groups including the Athens (GA) Master Chorale and Knoxville Choral Society. Andy is committed to a healthy lifestyle and makes exercise a regular part of his day.


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