Human resources vice president to chair national board

SAN ANTONIO (April 22, 2009) — Mary Maher, M.A., vice president for human resources at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, has been chosen chair-elect of the board of directors of the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR), a national organization. She will begin her one-year term on July 1.

“I am honored and humbled to have the privilege of serving the CUPA-HR membership, corporate partners and talented national office staff as the next chair-elect,” Maher said. “Human resource professionals across America will have some interesting challenges over the next few years, as we and our organizations work through these difficult economic times. I’m confident that, even as we are tested, we will come up with creative, new solutions to better serve our institutions and our most valuable asset, our employees.”

Maher has modernized Human Resources at the Health Science Center
Maher joined the UT Health Science Center in June 2008 and has worked in the field of human resources for more than 25 years, both in higher education and in health care. Since joining the Health Science Center, she has modernized the Department of Human Resources, instituting the new UT Advantage Faculty & Staff Assistance program, a nationwide resource that provides counseling, education and referral services to help employees better balance their home and work responsibilities. The new Worklife Solutions program offers a number of fitness and nutritional programs for employees, including Weight Watchers at Work and online fitness challenges, where employees can log their physical activities.

CUPA-HR, founded in 1946, provides vital resources to more than 11,000 higher education HR professionals at more than 1,700 institutions.

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 $668 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

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