Press Release

June 10, 2020

Nicole A. Norian, Former Associate Vice Chancellor at University of North Carolina Asheville, Receives CUPA-HR Honorary Life Membership

Nicole A. Norian, former associate vice chancellor at University of North Carolina Asheville, 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 retiring CUPA-HR members who have demonstrated a lifetime commitment to the higher education human resources profession and long-term leadership in the association.

Norian has been an active member of CUPA-HR since 1984, holding several formal leadership positions including member of the CUPA-HR national board of directors, chair of the Midwest Region board of directors, and member of the search committee for the association’s executive director. She received the Midwest Region’s Creative Achievement and Publications Award in 1995 and the Midwest Region’s Outstanding Service Award in 1998. She has also presented numerous times at the CUPA-HR annual conference.

Norian’s career in HR spans 35 years, and she has served as a chief human resources officer since 1989. Before her position at UNC Asheville, she served as director of HR at Nevada State College, Johnson County government in Kansas, Central Missouri State University, and Emporia State University.

Norian retired from her position as associate vice chancellor at UNC Asheville in August 2019.


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