Press Release

May 31, 2016

Dr. Carine Feyten, President and Chancellor at Texas Woman’s University, Receives CUPA-HR’s Chief Executive HR Champion Award

Dr. Carine Feyten, president and chancellor of Texas Woman’s University, has received the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR) 2016 Chief Executive HR Champion Award. Recognizing that what makes an institution great are its people, this award honors a president or chancellor of a higher education institution or system who has demonstrated significant support for the institution’s human resources function. Thanks to the generous support of Sibson Consulting, CUPA-HR is pleased to offer an $8,000 contribution to Texas Woman’s University’s endowment or a scholarship fund of Feyten’s choice.

Dr. Feyten was hired on July 1, 2014, as the 11th leader in Texas Woman’s University (TWU)’s 115-year history. After taking the helm, she immediately promoted the head of human resources to senior associate vice president and chief HR officer and made the position an executive cabinet-level appointment. In her two short years at the helm of TWU, she has provided support for several HR-related initiatives, including merit pay; flexible work schedules for staff; staff and faculty affinity groups; recognition leave (wherein paid time off is granted to staff employees as a reward for outstanding performance and exceptional contributions); and a streamlined performance evaluation process.

In addition, Feyten has implemented a servant leadership framework at TWU; provides regular opportunities for staff and faculty to meet and interact with her; established the Center for Women in Business on one of the university’s campuses; founded The Center for Faculty Excellence to provide professional development opportunities, resources, support and inspiration for TWU’s faculty; and more.

“Since she came on board two years ago, Dr. Feyten has gone out of her way to create and encourage a university culture that supports teamwork, diversity, creativity and enthusiasm in all segments of the university community, but particularly among faculty and staff,” says TWU Chief HR Officer Lewis Benavides, who nominated Feyten for the award. “She has a very innovative personality and shares her enthusiasm for culture, teamwork and people every single day with the entire campus community.”

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 20,000 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.

CUPA-HR’s annual Higher Education Human Resource Awards honor excellence in higher education human resources and recognize service and commitment to CUPA-HR and innovation in the profession.

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