Higher Ed HR Awards

Donald E. Dickason Award

Sponsored by TIAA

Nominations for 2021 are now closed. Awards will be presented virtually this summer.

CUPA-HR’s highest honor is named for the association’s founder. Established in 1970, this award recognizes an individual for exceptional leadership and service to CUPA-HR. Nominees for this award typically will have served in multiple CUPA-HR leadership roles, including one or more elected leadership roles at the national level. Through the generous support of TIAA, CUPA-HR will make a $8,000 contribution to the recipient’s institution.


  • Distinguished and continuing service to CUPA-HR;
  • Significant contributions to the association in terms of new ideas, dedication and commitment;
  • Demonstrated leadership at all levels of the organization;
  • Excellence and professionalism in the field of higher education human resource administration;
  • 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.

Past Recipients of the Donald E. Dickason Award