Dec. 20, 2007
By George Mauzy
Ohio University's Jim Kemper has received the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources' Distinguished Service Award in recognition of 16 years of dedicated service to the organization. Kemper serves as the university's associate vice president for finance and administration for human resources.
The award is reserved for CUPA-HR members who have provided outstanding service to the association through governance and leadership roles or professional development.
"I am deeply appreciative that national CUPA-HR would honor me this way," Kemper said. "This is a high quality association that brings out the best in its volunteers. It is especially gratifying that these are essentially my peers from around the country -- HR professionals who I greatly respect and admire."
Since joining CUPA-HR, Kemper has held leadership positions at the state, regional and national levels. He is a former Ohio chapter president, Midwest region chair and national board member. He has served on numerous committees and task forces, including chair of the association's Think Tank and as a member of its Knowledge Center Development Committee.
In 2000, Kemper was awarded the CUPA-HR Midwest Region's Distinguished Service Award and in 2004, he represented CUPA-HR as a speaker at the Universities Personnel Association National Conference in Leeds, England.
"I am appreciative of Ohio University for allowing me to serve my profession by serving my national association, because it makes all of us better and is all about continuous improvement on a personal level," Kemper added.
Kemper has directed the human resources office for 13 of his 18 years at Ohio University. Before coming to Athens, Kemper worked as director of human resources at Longaberger Manufacturing and as an assistant dean for continuing education at Muskingum Area Technical College. He earned his doctorate in higher education from Ohio University in 2001.
Founded more than 60 years ago, CUPA-HR is a nonprofit member-supported organization serving more than 9,000 human resource professionals at 1,600 colleges and universities.
"Jim Kemper is a tremendous leader in the higher education human resource community," said Andy Brantley, CUPA-HR chief executive officer. "We are very pleased to acknowledge Jim's outstanding work as a national leader, as a presenter at national and regional conferences, and as a writer of thought-provoking articles on key higher education HR trends."