Maria Martinez, retired associate vice president for human resources and risk management, has received honorary life membership in the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR). Honorary life membership is the highest honor for recognizing retired CUPA-HR members who have demonstrated a lifetime commitment to the higher education human resources profession and long-term leadership in the association.
Martinez served in CUPA-HR leadership roles for a decade at the regional and national levels. She began her service to the association as a director-at-large for the Southern Region board from 1998 to 2001 and went on to serve as secretary/treasurer in 2001-2002, chair-elect in 2002-03, and chair from 2003 to 2005. She also represented the Southern Region as a member of the national board of directors from 2004 to 2007 and served on several CUPA-HR committees. She was the recipient of the Southern Region’s Distinguished Service Award and the Meritorious Service Award as well as CUPA-HR’s national Distinguished Service Award.
Martinez retired in May after 30 years of leadership and service at Rollins.