TWU’s Benavides, Office of Human Resources recognized for excellence
Lewis Benavides, center, and the staff of the TWU Office of Human Resources recently received the Excellence in Human Resources Practices Award from the Western Region of the College and University Professional Association – Human Resources.Photo credit: Shannon Drawe
DENTON — Lewis Benavides, associate vice president of human resources for Texas Woman’s University, and the TWU Office of Human Resources recently received the Excellence in Human Resources Practices Award from the Western Region of the College and University Professional Association – Human Resources (CUPA-HR).
The award honors the achievements of college and university human resource professionals or teams at CUPA-HR member institutions who improve the quality of programs and services on their own campuses through effective human resource administration practices.
Mr. Benavides and the TWU Office of Human Resources were honored for developing the service center concept, where each member of the department acts as a resource for issues and inquiries concerning their area of expertise and also participates in campus and community activities.
“Our vision is to provide a service-oriented environment utilizing the entire human resources team,” Mr. Benavides said. “By developing this new service concept, our office is positioned to be a strategic planning partner with administration, faculty and staff.”
CUPA-HR represents 13,000 higher education HR professionals at more than 1,700 institutions in the United States. The Western Region of CUPA-HR member institutions includes private colleges, public universities, community colleges, technical colleges, university system offices, research universities, medical colleges and other professional schools in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.
Mr. Benavides, who joined TWU in 2002, has more than 20 years of human resource management experience. He has served two terms as president of the North Texas Society for Human Resources Management and was appointed by the Dallas City Council to five consecutive terms on its Civil Service Commission. He served as the 2010 president for the Texas Higher Education Human Resources Association (THEHRA) and recently finished a six-year term as Gov. Rick Perry’s appointee as a commissioner with the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation.
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