Karen Queener, director of Human Resources and Affirmative Action at Pellissippi State Technical Community College, has been appointed to the Southern Region’s College and University Professional Association for Human Resources board of directors. She began her two-year appointment July 1.
CUPA-HR keeps human resource professionals abreast of the latest employment laws, offers professional development opportunities and “Webinars” on timely issues, provides research data and facilitates online discussion groups.
“I’m fortunate I’m involved in this organization,” Queener said. “Any human resources professional in higher education should be part of the national CUPA.”
Queener was instrumental in founding the state chapter three years ago, and she served as the first co-president. Since then she has helped host state and regional CUPA events, as well as serving on the programming committee for the national conference.
Her first duty in her new capacity was to attend the Association Leadership Program in Tempe, Ariz., July 11-13. The event is an annual gathering of CUPA-HR leaders at the national, region and chapter level. Attendance at the ALP is by invitation, and about 80 leaders from the four different regions attended.
Eighty-five percent of all U.S. doctoral institutions, 70 percent of master’s institutions, 51 percent of bachelor’s institutions and 465 community colleges and specialized institutions are members of CUPA-HR.
The Southern Region serves 13 states, as well as Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
Queener began her career with Pellissippi State in 1988 and has worked in Human Resources for the past 15 years.