October, 17, 2005
CONTACT: Suzanna Cisneros Martinez, suzanna.martinez@ttuhsc.edu

LUBBOCK – Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center’s Department of Human Resources received the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources Excellence in Human Resource Practices Award. This national recognition honors the achievements of colleges and universities, human resource professionals or both in improving the quality of programs and services through effective human resource administration practices.

Elmo Cavin, executive vice president for Finance and Administration, said the Health Sciences Center recognizes and supports the need for professional development and networking for its Human Resources management team by providing funding to allow for professional memberships at local, regional, and national levels.

“We are aware of the importance of human resources within its organizational structure. Assistant Vice President for Human Resources David Fry advises executive management of the Health Sciences Center on work force issues and their impact on our strategic plan,” Cavin said.

Cavin added that in the fall of 2002, a comprehensive review of HR products, services and processes was organized. As a result, the Department of Human Resources has acquired and implemented several products and services designed to improve customer service and satisfaction.

The Health Sciences Center’s administration also provides the support necessary for Human Resources employees to serve as volunteer leaders for College and University Professional Association for Human Resources Excellence in Human Resource Practices and to attend chapter, regional and national meetings.

The department created and implemented an automated, Web-based job application system and records management system and an automated personnel transaction form; implemented a new job pricing service that provides area-specific pay data; developed the center’s first-ever training department; created the position of Employee Relations representative and increased communication and training for Human Resources staff.

College and University Professional Association for Human Resources is a nonprofit, member-supported organization that serves more than 6,500 human resource administrators at nearly 1,600 colleges and universities as well as others interested in the advancement of human resources in higher education.

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