HR Vice President Mary Maher joins CUPA-HR national board

SAN ANTONIO (Aug. 29, 2008) — Mary L. Maher, M.A., vice president for human resources at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, has been elected to serve a one-year term on the board of directors of the national College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR).

Maher, who has worked in human resources for nearly 30 years, joined the UT Health Science Center in June. “As a member of the national board, I will be helping to shape future thought and practice in the field of human resources at institutions of higher education. I also will be advocating for collaboration and partnerships among CUPA-HR members so that the best HR ideas can be shared and implemented at colleges and universities throughout the country.”

Maher, who joined the UT Health Science Center in June, will be featured as a panelist in a professional training DVD and facilitator’s guide being produced by CUPA-HR titled, “Lines of Reasoning — Perspectives on Harassment in Higher Education.” “As panelists, we will comment on vignettes portrayed by professional actors and provide advice and guidance so that supervisors and employees will better understand what constitutes harassment in the workplace,” she said. “A goal of the video is to help create healthier workplaces where everyone feels comfortable, respected and valued.”

Maher began her career in 1979 at the University of California San Diego as an administrative analyst before being promoted to director of human resources in 1985. She held human resources leadership positions at the University of Michigan, the University of Houston and the UT Health Science Center in Houston before joining the UT Health Science Center this summer. From 1993-2000, she also taught HR courses as a core faculty member at the University of Redlands.

During her 10-year membership in CUPA-HR, Maher has been a contributor to the association’s Knowledge Center, has co-chaired the program committee for the National Conference and Expo 2007, and is currently a member of the learning and professional development committee. She also has made presentations at several CUPA-HR conferences, both regional and national.

The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio is the leading research institution in South Texas and one of the major health sciences universities in the world. With an operating budget of $576 million, the Health Science Center is the chief catalyst for the $15.3 billion biosciences and health care sector in San Antonio’s economy. The Health Science Center has had an estimated $35 billion impact on the region since inception and has expanded to six campuses in San Antonio, Laredo, Harlingen and Edinburg. More than 23,000 graduates (physicians, dentists, nurses, scientists and other health professionals) serve in their fields, including many in Texas. Health Science Center faculty are international leaders in cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, aging, stroke prevention, kidney disease, orthopaedics, research imaging, transplant surgery, psychiatry and clinical neurosciences, pain management, genetics, nursing, dentistry and many other fields. For more information, visit

CUPA-HR, founded in 1946, is a nonprofit association serving more than 10,000 human resource professionals at 1,600 colleges and universities. The association provides global leadership to the higher education human resource profession and the higher education community by offering essential knowledge, resources and connections that enhance individual and institutional capacity and competitiveness. For more information about CUPA-HR, visit

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