Press Release


June 5, 2018

Chris Byrd, Vice President for Human Resources at the University of South Carolina, Receives Honorary Life Membership in CUPA-HR

Chris Byrd, vice president for human resources at the University of South Carolina, has received 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 CUPA-HR members who have demonstrated a lifetime commitment to the higher education human resources profession and long-term leadership in the association.

Byrd has been a member of CUPA-HR for seven years. He currently serves as treasurer on the association’s board of directors. He has served on several CUPA-HR committees, the CUPA-HR/NACUBO joint task force and on the national board as an at-large member in 2014-15. He has worked in HR for nearly 35 years — 20 in state government and 15 in higher education — and has presented at several regional and national conferences.

Byrd will retire in June after 11 years at the University of South Carolina.

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