LEXINGTON, Ky.—Jeff Mudrak, director of human resources at Transylvania University, received the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR) Distinguished Service Award at the association’s national conference in Las Vegas in October.
The award, sponsored by Kronos Incorporated, is given to CUPA-HR members who have given outstanding service to the association through constituent activities, including service in governance or leadership roles or through professional development contributions in support of the association. Kronos donated $1,500 to Transylvania in honor of Mudrak.
Mudrak has been a member of CUPA-HR for 18 years and began his leadership in the association in 1999 when he joined the Kentucky Chapter board of directors. He served as chair for two years and past chair for two years. From 2001 to 2008, he served in several capacities on the association’s Southern Region board, including secretary/treasurer, chair and past chair. During that time he also served a three-year term on the national board of directors and on several committees and task forces, including the Building Task Force, the Policy Committee and as chair of the Chapter Task Force, where he helped establish CUPA-HR’s on-line chapter leader resources.
Mudrak has been a chapter advocate during his entire tenure of volunteer service. He helped strengthen the Kentucky Chapter by finding ways to increase corporate partner support, which led to improvements in chapter programming; helped increased attendance at chapter conferences by offering free registration to first-time attendees and led efforts to establish a Kentucky Chapter Web presence and a chapter listserv. On the Southern Region board, he helped with membership efforts to increase institutional participation and was among the board members who invited chapter chairs to attend the Southern Region board meetings for increased sharing and learning. Also during his tenure on the Southern Region board, a chapter was established in every state within the region. In 2006, Mudrak received the association’s Southern Region Distinguished Service Award.