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K-State Today

July 27, 2015



Human Capital Services serves as impetus for state chapter of College and University Professional Association of Human Resources

By Cheryl Johnson

Shanna Legleiter (left) with fellow CUPA members Barbara Carroll, Vice Chancellor North Carolina State University (Center) and Connie Deel, (right) Chief Human Resources Officer, Baker University receive inaugural gavel

In addition to the many priorities to serve the K-State family, Human Capital Services also is the impetus for establishing a first state chapter of the College and University Professional Association, or CUPA, of Human Resources.

Shanna Legleiter, director of Learning and Development at K-State and chair-elect for the association, is actively involved in establishing this national organization for the state of Kansas.

"Establishing a state chapter will enable our Human Capital Services community to network with other professionals throughout the state, share best practices and enable our human capital professionals to design programs that help employees realize their full potential, while maximizing service to our colleges and universities in Kansas. Expanding our network at K-State will aide in our development of becoming a more progressive, innovative and responsive organization," Legleiter said.

The association hails six strategic priorities that the guide the work for professionals: 

1. Create learning and development opportunities that help ensure present and future professional excellence and success.
2. Proactively influence legislative and regulatory issues that impact higher education, human resources and the higher education workforce. 
3. Identify emerging human resources and higher education trends and address their impact on the higher education workplace.
4. Embody a culture of excellence through diversity, inclusion and equitable practices in order to achieve excellence in higher education.
5. Engage CUPA-HR leaders and higher education human resources professionals in work related to CUPA-HR strategic priorities.
6. Deliver salary research, analysis and reporting resources that are the benchmark for higher education.

Legleiter will preside as chair for the first state meeting at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28, at the K-State Alumni Center. Human capital professionals from across the state are expected to participate.

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