Press Release

May 30, 2019

Nancy Grassel, Retired Chief Human Resources Officer at Black Hills State University, Receives CUPA-HR Honorary Life Membership

Nancy Grassel, retired chief human resources officer at Black Hills State University, 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.

Grassel has been a member of CUPA-HR for more than 20 years. She has served as the chair of the Midwest Region board, a member of the CUPA-HR national board of directors, and a member of the CUPA-HR Membership Committee, among other leadership and volunteer roles in the association.

Before her role at Black Hills State University, she was employed at Dakota State University. Grassel retired in 2014 after her 29-year career in higher education human resources.


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