Press Release

May 18, 2020

Donna Popovich, Executive Director of Human Resources at The University of Tampa, Receives CUPA-HR’s Donald E. Dickason Award

Donna Popovich, executive director of human resources at The University of Tampa, has been selected to receive the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR) 2020 Donald E. Dickason Award. This award, named for the association’s founder, is CUPA-HR’s highest honor, recognizing an individual for exceptional leadership and service to CUPA-HR. Thanks to the generous support of TIAA, CUPA-HR is pleased to offer a $8,000 contribution to The University of Tampa’s endowment or a scholarship fund of Popovich’s choice.

In 1996, Popovich began her service to CUPA-HR as founding member and treasurer of the Florida Chapter, and since that time has made significant contributions to the association. She has served in numerous leadership roles throughout the organization, including chair of the national board of directors, chair of the Southern Region board, and chair of the international outreach and public policy committees.

“Donna is one of the most steady, competent and supportive leaders I have had the pleasure of knowing,” said David Blake, vice president of human resources at California Western School of Law and previous recipient of the Donald E. Dickason Award. “She makes every person she comes across feel valued and appreciated. She has a way of connecting with you in a deeply personal and meaningful way.”


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