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May 14, 2015
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Missy Kline
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Lynn Bynum, Chief Human Resources Officer at Bellarmine University, Receives CUPA-HR’s Donald E. Dickason Award

Lynn Bynum, head of human resources at Bellarmine University, has received the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR) 2015 Donald E. Dickason Award. CUPA-HR’s highest honor, this award is named for the association’s founder and recognizes an individual for exceptional leadership and service to CUPA-HR. Thanks to the generous support of TIAA-CREF, CUPA-HR is pleased to offer a $6,000 contribution to Bellarmine’s endowment or a scholarship fund of Bynum’s choice.

Bynum’s many contributions to CUPA-HR stretch over more than 12 years. She began her leadership service to the association when she served as president of the CUPA-HR Kentucky Chapter in 2003-04. She then went on to serve on the national board of directors, including a term as chair in 2012-13. She’s also served on a number of CUPA-HR committees and task forces over several years, including the public policy committee, the learning and professional development committee, the budget and finance committee and the diversity, equity and inclusion committee. She’s also presented at several CUPA-HR chapter, regional and national conferences.

“There are many ways in which Lynn has had an impact on CUPA-HR, especially in the areas of diversity, equity and inclusion,” says former CUPA-HR board chair Mark Coldren, who nominated Bynum for the award. “She was a great influence on the board throughout the design and development of its strategies focused on DEI, and she helped shape our intentional outreach for Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Hispanic-Serving Institutions. She’s also a great thought leader in higher education, and she’s so deserving of this award.”


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 18,000 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.