Press Release

June 29, 2021

Brian Powell, Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer at Chapman University, to Serve as Chair of CUPA-HR’s Western Region Board of Directors

Brian Powell, vice president and chief human resources officer at Chapman University and presidential advisor on staff diversification, has been elected by his peers to serve as chair of the Western Region board of directors of the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR) for the 2021-22 fiscal year. He will begin his term on July 1.

In addition to his service on the Western Region board of directors, Powell is also a member of the association’s learning and professional development committee.

Previously, Powell held HR leadership positions at Columbia University and the University of California, Merced. He is a licensed attorney and the author of several publications on employee privacy. He has previously served as an adjunct professor of law, teaching courses on sexual orientation and the law; AIDS law; and law, gender and sexuality. Known for his progressive HR philosophies and practices, he is often a guest speaker and panelist at regional and national HR conferences, most recently in a national telecast on “Building a Versatile Workforce for the Pandemic Era,” for The Chronicle of Higher Education in December 2020.



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