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The Michigan Chapter of College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (MI CUPA-HR) provides opportunities for increased collaboration between Human Resources professionals at Colleges and Universities in the State of Michigan for the purpose of advancing the practice of personnel and human resource administration in higher education.


Serve on the Michigan Chapter Board of Directors and Give Back to the Michigan Higher Education Community

The College and University Professional Association in Human Resources (CUPA-HR) has been at the forefront of education and resources for COVID-19, specifically for HR professionals in colleges and universities. As you may already know, the CUPA-HR community provides a means for HR professionals like you to exchange information, tips, and resources with your fellow colleagues across the country and in Michigan. In these uniquely challenging times, we need each other more than ever, and that includes leadership of our state chapter. The CUPA-HR Michigan Chapter board is seeking nominations for President-Elect and at-large members. Terms will begin July 1, 2020. This is a great opportunity to support your fellow Michiganders working in higher education and we hope that you consider making application.

The President-Elect shall serve as the special aide to the President, and shall assume all presidential duties in the absence of the President. The President-Elect serves as Chair of the Program Planning Committee charged with planning and implementing the annual conferences and meetings of the chapter. The President-Elect shall succeed to the office of President in the year following tenure as President-Elect. The expected average level of commitment for the President-Elect is approximately one hour per week.

At-large members (two-year commitment) collaborate with the board on programming, building chapter resources and assisting with the strategic mission of the chapter. The expected average level of commitment for the President-Elect is approximately thirty minutes per week or two hours every month.

Individuals who are interested must be CUPA-HR members. Individuals can nominate themselves or other candidates. Service to the Michigan Chapter board is on a voluntary basis and requires commitment throughout the term to manage programming, communications, finances and conferences.

Chapter Officer Selection Criteria:

  • Officers must be committed to the chapter and its activities.
    All individuals holding a designated officer position must be listed as a representative of a higher education institution that is a member of the CUPA-HR national organization and that is supportive of this nomination.
    Officers must be a higher education HR professional who is currently employed in the field with no less than 50 percent of their job devoted to HR activities.
    Officers must provide leadership that is consistent with CUPA-HR’s commitment to providing equal opportunity for participation in all aspects of the organization without regard to race, gender, national/ethnic origin, sexual orientation, age, veteran, religion or disabled status.

Nominations should include a resume or CV of the nominee as well as a statement of interest. The statement should include a brief overview of the nominee’s contributions to higher education and well as the basis for their interest in CUPA-HR. Submit a nomination by April 30 to Chapter Secretary Joe Zynda at


Join the CUPA-HR Michigan Chapter Online Community

The CUPA-HR Michigan Chapter has an online community for local professionals in higher education to share ideas, challenges, questions and other relevant information with one another. Anyone can participate in our chapter community, regardless of CUPA-HR membership. The only requirement is that each person has a free CUPA-HR website account. National members and individuals who have made purchases or registered for events on the site already have accounts. To create a new account, simply click the Log In link at the top of any page of the CUPA-HR website and look for the Create a New Account option. Be sure to identify your institution as your organization.

It is easy to join our chapter’s online community!

1. Visit CUPA-HR Connect

2. Sign In in using your CUPA-HR username and password

3. Find our chapter among those listed

4. Click “Join”

After you join, you can customize your communication preferences, post questions and reply to others online or via email.


Michigan CUPA-HR 2020 Conference Cancellation
Due to logistical factors, the Michigan CUPA-HR 2020 Conference has been cancelled.

One of CUPA-HR’s strategic priorities is to enable excellence and success for higher education HR professionals and their institutions.
Please visit the Events tab for details of forthcoming events!


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