Pellissippi State’s Human Resources director elected CUPA-HR liaison

Karen Queener

Karen Queener

Karen Queener, director of Human Resources and Affirmative Action at Pellissippi State Community College, has been elected corporate partners liaison on the board of the Southern Region’s College and University Professional Association for Human Resources. She begins the 2010-12 appointment July 1.

CUPA-HR provides member institutions and HR professionals with developmental opportunities and technical assistance for the effective management of human resources. The organization is the leading voice regarding higher education workforce issues.

“It’s an honor to be chosen for this position,” Queener said. “CUPA-HR’s work is critical to Pellissippi State and other institutions in the Southern Region.”

The Southern Region of CUPA-HR includes 13 states as well as Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The organization’s membership includes 90 percent of all U.S. doctoral institutions, 70 percent of all master’s institutions, 50 percent of all baccalaureate institutions and 500 community colleges and specialized institutions.

Queener was instrumental in founding the state chapter of CUPA-HR five years ago, and she served as one of the first co-presidents. Since then she has helped host state and regional CUPA-HR events and served on the programming committee for the national conference. She just completed two years’ service as the Southern Region secretary.

In her new capacity, Queener will work with corporate partners who sponsor CUPA-HR conferences and professional development for the region. Her first duty is to participate in the national CUPA-HR Association Leadership Program in July. The invitation-only program allows volunteer leaders and the national CUPA-HR staff to come together to share ideas, tackle common challenges and plan for the coming year.

Queener began her career with Pellissippi State in 1988 and has worked in Human Resources at the college for the past 17 years.

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