Press Release


February 28, 2017    

Deborah Benton Receives Honorary Life Membership in CUPA-HR
Deborah Benton, former employee relations manager for Tulsa Community College, 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.

Benton served in CUPA-HR leadership roles for 13 years at the chapter, regional and national levels. She began her service to the association in 2003 as secretary-treasurer on the Oklahoma Chapter board of directors and went on to serve as president of the chapter in 2006-07. She sat on the Southern Region board from 2008-16 and served as chair in 2013-14. Benton has also served on several CUPA-HR committees and as a guide in CUPA-HR’s Wildfire program for early-career HR professionals.

Benton retired in January after 21 years at Tulsa Community College. She held several human resources roles during her time at the college and taught several courses as an adjunct instructor.


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 23,000 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.

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