Jeff Herring headshot
Jeff Herring, chief human resources officer at University of Utah, has been appointed to a three-year term on the board of directors of the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR). He will begin his term on July 1.

Herring is a relative newcomer to CUPA-HR, having been a member for just three years. During this time, he has been active on the national public policy and learning and professional development committees. In 2013, he was identified as an emerging leader in the association.

“It is an honor to be able to provide service in the leadership of CUPA-HR,” Herring said. “This is an exciting and dynamic time for HR in higher education as we focus on increasing the value and service to our respective institutions. I proudly represent the University of Utah and all of its wonderful employees in this endeavor.”

About Jeff Herring

Jeff Herring is the Chief Human Resource Officer at the University of Utah located in Salt Lake City, Utah where he is a member of the President’s Cabinet. He has served in this position since 2013. Prior to the University of Utah, Jeff served on the Governor’s Cabinet as the Executive Director of the Utah Department of Human Resource Management for 12 years. In HR, Jeff has consistently focused on developing the organizations strategic efforts using principles of increasing customer service, efficiency and effectiveness, and leadership capacity.

Jeff is also an adjunct professor teaching HR in the University of Utah Executive MPA program. He also teaches courses in strategic human resources, business law, and employment law. Jeff is currently a member of CUPA-HR. He also had the pleasure of serving as the President of the National Association of State Personnel Executives (NASPE) and is currently a member of the Romney Institute of Public Management Executive Advisory Board. Jeff is the past Chair and a current member of the Strategic HR Task Force for the International Public Management Association for HR (IMPA-HR).

Prior to his public service, Jeff worked as an attorney focusing in the area of labor and employment law. He worked in both the private sector and as In-house HR Counsel for the State of Utah. Jeff is a member of the Utah State Bar.

Jeff earned his BA in History from the University of Utah. He holds an MBA with an emphasis on HR from the University of Phoenix. Jeff completed his law degree from California Western School of Law in San Diego, California. Jeff received a Toll Fellowship from the Council of State Governments. He holds SPHR, SHRM-SCP, and an IPMA-HR CP certifications. Jeff has numerous awards and publications including the Eugene Rooney Award for Leadership from NASPE and the Outstanding Public Service Award from the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA).

David M. Huebner
University of Utah psychology professor David M. Huebner has been elected chairman of the board of GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network.

GLSEN, based in New York City, is a national organization that works to ensure that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students (LGBT) are able to learn and grow in a school environment free from bullying and harassment. The organization conducts original research to inform school policy making, developsresources for schools, works with decision makers and supports student-led efforts to make K-12 schools safe and affirming.

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with David as we take GLSEN to new heights,” said GLSEN’s Executive Director Eliza Byard. “At a time of new opportunities and urgent demand, David’s longtime focus on undoing the health impacts of discrimination is a critical focus as we seek to support the achievement and success of the most at-risk LGBT youth.”

Huebner, an associate professor at the U, studies the physical and mental health consequences of discrimination. His lab recently completed a five-year study of LGB adolescents, looking at how anti-gay mistreatment from families, schools and communities is associated with health risk behaviors.

Building on findings demonstrating the importance of parent responses to adolescent outcomes, he and his colleagues produced a 35-minute documentary film to provide support, comfort and guidance for parents ( “Our goal is to get parents to engage in more accepting and fewer rejecting behaviors toward their adolescents, with the goal of improving outcomes for these youth,” Huebner says.

He is at work on a number of projects related to HIV and AIDS, including mobilizing community resources to improve the continuum of care for African American men who are HIV positive.

Huebner completed a doctoral degree in clinical psychology at Arizona State University in 2002 and a master’s degree in epidemiology and public health at the University of California, Berkeley, in 2003. He joined the U faculty in 2008.

Michael Lewis
The University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics is excited to announce the 2015 Sam Rich Lecture, “A Conversation with Michael Lewis.”

Lewis’ acclaimed New York Times bestsellers include MoneyballThe Blind SideFlash BoysBoomerang, and Liar’s Poker—to name a few. His book on the financial meltdown, The Big Short is currently being made into a widely-anticipated film starring Brad Pitt, Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling, and Steve Carrell.

After graduating from Princeton and the London School of Economics, Lewis worked at the bond desk at Salomon Brothers. His bold exposé on the industry shook the nation and resulted in a number-one bestseller “Liar’s Poker.” He left the financial world to become a journalist and frequently contributes to the New Republic, New York Times Magazine, Slate, Vanity Fair, and Bloomberg.

The event will take place at Abravanel Hall the evening of September 24 and promises to sell out well in advance. Tickets will be available for purchase the morning of June 22 from ArtTix, but can be secured a week earlier by registering on pre-sale lists available here.