Press Release

June 19, 2018

CUPA-HR Selects Six Individuals for the Association’s Emerging Leaders Program

Six College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR) members have been selected to participate in the 2018-19 Emerging CUPA-HR Leaders program.

The program recognizes CUPA-HR members from across the country who have demonstrated exemplary leadership and initiative within higher ed HR and desire to play an active role in advancing the profession. This unique opportunity provides peer interaction and connection with CUPA-HR leaders as an integral part of the cohort’s learning experience. Participants engage in problem-solving work groups and develop deep networks with peers while gaining an inside look at CUPA-HR’s operations and structure.

Emerging CUPA-HR Leaders are identified and nominated by CUPA-HR leadership at the region and national levels, and are selected based on their knowledge, leadership skills, engagement with CUPA-HR and demonstrated willingness to advance higher ed HR.

The 2018-19 Emerging CUPA-HR Leaders are:

  • Melanie DeSantis, Executive Director of Human Resources at Millersville University of Pennsylvania – National Board Emerging Leader
  • Jake Lathrop, Human Resources Director for the College of Education at Michigan State University – Midwest Region Emerging Leader
  • Sujata Malhotra, Deputy Director of Human Resources at City University of New York – Eastern Region Emerging Leader
  • Keyashia Sheppard, Human Resources Specialist at Wallace Community College – Southern Region Emerging Leader
  • Diana Sobczynski, Senior Compensation Analyst at University of Oregon – Western Region Emerging Leader
  • Jewel Washington – Assistant Vice President of Human Resources at University of Maryland College Park – National Board Emerging Leader

Carol Hintz, vice chancellor for human resources at University of Missouri – Kansas City, facilitates the Emerging CUPA-HR Leaders program. “HR’s role is key to all of our organizations’ success, and thus it is critical that we continue to mentor, develop and encourage HR professionals,” says Hintz. “The Emerging CUPA-HR Leaders program participants are our future leaders, and this program provides them with a unique opportunity to learn, discover and develop new connections.”

“We are pleased to welcome this year’s Emerging CUPA-HR Leaders cohort,” says CUPA-HR President and Chief Executive Officer Andy Brantley. “These individuals bring outstanding leadership experiences to CUPA-HR and to the profession and will take an active role in work connected to our strategic priorities.”

The 2018-19 Emerging CUPA-HR Leader group will serve until June 30, 2019.

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 25,000 HR professionals and other campus leaders at more than 2,000 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.

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