Press Release

June 6, 2018

Penn State’s Human Resources Organization Receives CUPA-HR’s HR Innovation Award

Pennsylvania State University’s human resources organization has received the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR) 2018 HR Innovation Award. Thanks to the generous support of PageUp, CUPA-HR is pleased to offer a $5,000 contribution to Penn State’s endowment or a scholarship fund of the HR team’s choice.

Penn State’s HR organization received the award for its HR Business Process Transformation project, which has resulted in innovative changes to better enable the HR organization to support the university’s strategic goals. Specific outcomes have included:

  • Creation of a new state-of-the-art HR shared services center;
  • Alignment of HR strategic partners and consultants with Penn State’s various units, departments and campuses;
  • Implementation of a new learning resources network;
  • Implementation of a new HR information system; and
  • Elimination of duplicative, decentralized, outdated and inconsistent HR processes and policies.

Says Mary Beahm, Penn State’s vice president for human resources, “This transformation has redefined how we do business, positioned Penn State HR as leading-edge within higher education, and allowed us to see our path forward to even greater contributions to the 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 more than 25,000 HR professionals and other campus leaders at more than 2,000 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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