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Dr. DeWalt chosen for yearlong emerging leaders program

ISSUED: 25 June 2020
MEDIA CONTACT: Valerie Owens

SHEPHERDSTOWN, WV — Dr. Marie DeWalt, director of human resources at Shepherd University, is one of seven College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR) members in the nation who have been selected to participate in the 2020-2021 Emerging CUPA-HR Leaders program. The program recognizes volunteer leaders from across the country who have demonstrated exemplary leadership and initiative within higher ed HR and desire to play an active role in advancing the profession.

“Knowing what a great organization CUPA-HR is, I am excited about my selection for this program,” DeWalt said. “The best practices that I learn and the resources I acquire through CUPA-HR’s leadership program will be useful. Engaging with colleagues from other states gives me a chance to highlight and share information about Shepherd.”

DeWalt said CUPA-HR’s leadership program provides peer interaction and connection with other CUPA-HR volunteer leaders to share best practices, engage in competency development, and create new learning opportunities for CUPA-HR members. The program normally involves traveling to conferences and other professional development activities, but due to COVID-19, this year these events will take place online.

DeWalt has been director of human resources at Shepherd since 2007. She holds a Doctor of Education in educational leadership from West Virginia University, and master’s degrees from the University of South Carolina and the University of Charleston. DeWalt is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP). She completed the Management Development Program at Harvard University.

“We are pleased to welcome this year’s Emerging CUPA-HR Leaders cohort,” says CUPA-HR President and Chief Executive Officer Andy Brantley. “These individuals bring a wealth of leadership experiences to CUPA-HR and to the profession, and we’re so fortunate to have them in the program this year.”

CUPA-HR is headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee, and serves more than 31,000 human resources professionals and other campus leaders at more than 2,000 member organizations around the country and abroad.

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