Press Release

March 11, 2021

Jay Stephens, Vice President for Human Capital Services at Kansas State University, to Serve as Chair-Elect on CUPA-HR Board of Directors

Jay Stephens, vice president for human capital services at Kansas State University, has been selected to serve as chair-elect of the board of directors of the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR) for the 2021-22 fiscal year. He will then serve as chair of the board during the 2022-23 fiscal year. He will begin his term on July 1.

Stephens has served on the CUPA-HR national board for three years. He has also served on CUPA-HR’s budget and finance, learning and professional development, public policy, and research advisory committees. Prior to serving on the national board, Stephens was an at-large member of the CUPA-HR Western Region board.

“We are excited to have Jay as our next chair-elect,” said CUPA-HR President and Chief Executive Officer Andy Brantley. “He and the entire K-State HR team are strong leaders and supporters of CUPA-HR and have made a great impact on our work already. I know he will do an outstanding job as our next chair-elect.”

“For this moment in time — with a COVID-19 crisis and a reckoning on racial inequality — CUPA-HR is positioned to not just be an influence for good, but a leader for good, meaningful change,” Stephens said. “I’m honored to be able to help guide CUPA-HR’s efforts as we help guide higher ed HR in navigating the now and the next.”

Stephens has worked in human resources for 18 years, including 16 in higher ed. For the last four years, he has served as vice president for human capital services at Kansas State University, where he has led multiple initiatives for supporting diversity and inclusion efforts on campus, including re-instituting the campus climate survey, advocating for creation of the chief diversity and inclusion officer position at the institution and serving as the co-chair for that search. He has also been a leader in the university’s response to COVID-19 and remote work, including modifying employee policies and procedures. Prior to this role, Stephens was the associate vice president of human resources at Boise State University.



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 over 31,000 HR professionals and other campus leaders at more than 2,000 member institutions and 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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