Published 09/22/17

Linda Lulli with CUPA-HR colleagues at the organization’s annual Higher Education Human Resource Awards ceremony in San Diego Sept 17. Pictured left to right: Andy Brantley, President & CEO of CUPA-HR; Christina Cutlip, Sr. Managing Director for Client Engagement and National Advocacy of TIAA; Linda Lulli; and Donna Popovich, Board Chair for CUPA-HR and Executive Director of HR, University of Tampa.

Linda Lulli Receives CUPA-HR Donald E. Dickason Award, the Organization’s Highest Honor

Linda Lulli, who served as Bryant’s Vice President for Human Resources and Chief Human Resources Officer for 19 years, has received the prestigious College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR) 2017 Donald E. Dickason Award. The award is named for the association’s founder and recognizes an individual for exceptional leadership and service to CUPA-HR, and is the organization’s highest honor. Through the generous support of TIAA-CREF, CUPA-HR has made a $6,000 contribution to Bryant University’s endowment or a scholarship fund of Lulli’s choice. She has generously chosen to invest these funds in Bryant’s historic capital campaign, Expanding the World of Opportunity: The Campaign for Bryant’s Bold Future.

Lulli began her service to CUPA-HR when she joined the Eastern Region board of directors in 2007. She served as Chair for the National Board in 2014-15, and previously as Chair of CUPA-HR’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee and as a member of the Eastern Region Board, receiving the 2013 Member of the Year Award. She played an integral role in the association’s diversity and inclusion initiatives, the Wildfire program for early-career higher ed HR professionals, and the Emerging Leaders program. Lulli has also presented at chapter, regional and national CUPA-HR conferences, and was awarded Honorary Life Membership in the association earlier this year. She retired in December 2016.

“It's an honor to be recognized by my peers with this award,” said Lulli. “Being part of and contributing to the evolution and growth of CUPA-HR has been a rewarding experience. I appreciate the many lasting and invaluable relationships I’ve built through working with the organization. My experiences serving as a CUPA-HR board leader have enabled me to become a better leader and to make a difference through my work, and for that I am grateful.”

“Linda’s many accomplishments and her distinguished career have been phenomenal. Her time on the CUPA-HR board of directors has made a profound impact on the association, the higher ed HR profession and the institutions we serve.” Said University at Buffalo Chief HR Officer Mark Coldren, who served with Lulli on the national board for six years.

CUPA-HR serves higher education by providing the knowledge, resources, advocacy and connections to achieve organizational and workforce excellence. Headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee, and serving 23,000 HR professionals and other campus leaders at nearly 2,000 member institutions and organizations around the country and abroad, the association offers learning and professional development programs, higher education salary and benefits data, extensive online resources and just-in-time regulatory and legislative information. 

CUPA-HR’s annual Higher Education Human Resource Awards honor excellence in higher education human resources and recognize service and commitment to CUPA-HR and innovation in the profession.