Press Release


September 6, 2016  

Barbara Martin Lema, Former Assistant Vice President for Human Resources at Wheaton College, Receives Honorary Life Membership in CUPA-HR
Barbara Martin Lema, who retired in August from her position as assistant vice president for human resources at Wheaton College, has been granted honorary life membership in the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR). Honorary life membership is the highest honor for recognizing retired or soon-to-be-retired CUPA-HR members who have demonstrated a lifetime commitment to the higher education human resources profession and long-term leadership in the association.

Over the course of two decades, Lema has held several leadership roles in CUPA-HR, including two terms as president of the association’s Southern New England Chapter and three years on the Eastern Region board of directors, where she served as director of chapter and member relations and twice as conference program chair. She also served on the association’s professional development committee and has contributed to CUPA-HR conferences as a presenter. In 2014, she received the CUPA-HR Eastern Region’s Diedrich K. Willers Award, which recognizes a CUPA-HR member for her or his contributions to the cumulative knowledge and stature of the HR profession within higher education.

CUPA-HR is higher ed HR. We serve higher education by providing the knowledge, resources, advocacy and connections to achieve organizational and workforce excellence. Headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee, and serving more than 20,000 HR professionals and other campus leaders at more than 1,900 member organizations around the country and abroad, the association offers learning and professional development programs, higher education salary and benefits data, extensive online resources and just-in-time regulatory and legislative information.