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HPU named “Great College to Work For” by The Chronicle of Higher Education

2012gcwf_4csingularBROWNWOOD – September 4, 2012 – Howard Payne University was recently honored as a “2012 Great College to Work For” by The Chronicle of Higher Education. This year, a record 47,000 employees from universities across the nation participated in The Chronicle’s survey. Of the 294 colleges represented, 103 were named as great places to work, being recognized for specific best practices and policies. HPU was honored in the areas of Work/Life Balance and Supervisor or Department-Chair Relationship.

“HPU is a close-knit campus community, not only with students but also among faculty, staff and administrators,” said Dr. Bill Ellis, university president. “Employees have long felt that HPU is a great place to work, and we are thrilled that The Chronicle has made it official. I am proud, but not the least surprised, that HPU is receiving this recognition.”

Faculty and staff members at institutions across the nation evaluated their colleges in 12 categories, such as job satisfaction, teaching environment and benefits.

To be recognized in the category of Supervisor or Department-Chair Relationship, surveyed employees agreed that supervisors or chairs make expectations clear and solicit ideas. Employees also agreed with statements like “I believe what I am told by my supervisor/department chair.”

In the area of Work/Life Balance, survey participants agreed that college policies give employees the flexibility to manage their lives on the job and at home. Employees agreed with statements such as “My supervisor/department chair supports my efforts to balance my work and personal life.”

The Chronicle is the nation’s most important source of news about colleges and universities.

“The institutions that the ‘Great Colleges’ program recognize provide innovative educational experiences – while also offering their employees outstanding workplace experiences – and we are eager to help readers learn more about them,” said Liz McMillen, The Chronicle’s editor.

The survey results are based on a two-part assessment process: an institutional audit that captured demographics and workplace policies from each institution, and a survey administered to faculty, administrators and professional support staff. The primary factor in deciding whether an institution received recognition was the employee feedback.

To administer the survey and analyze the results, The Chronicle worked with ModernThink LLC, a strategic human capital consulting firm that has conducted numerous “Best Places to Work” programs, surveying hundreds of thousands of employees nationwide.

“Great Colleges to Work For” is one of the largest and most respected workplace-recognition programs in the country. For more information and to view all the results of the survey, visit The Chronicle’s website at http://chronicle.com/section/Academic-Workplace/617/

In their own words

So, what makes HPU such a great place to work? Here’s what some of the employees had to say:

“I enjoy working at HPU because I know that my efforts daily impact the future of tomorrow. I may not have direct contact with students, but I love knowing that each report I pull or process that I write gets them closer to their ultimate goal and helps the faculty and staff assist them more efficiently.” – Randy Ginther, database coordinator

“I love to work at Howard Payne University because I am allowed to express my love for the Lord through my job.” – PJ Gramling, director of admissions

“I was not at all surprised to learn that HPU was named by The Chronicle as a great place to work. At the heart of every organization is its people and we quite simply have an outstanding group of people at Howard Payne. You can look at every area of campus – the faculty, the staff, the administration and the student body – and you will find fantastic, hard-working folks who love the Lord and who love Howard Payne University. This is why I love working at HPU.” – Dr. Michael Rosato, dean of the School of Education

Dr. Richard Jackson speaks at HPU Convocation

BROWNWOOD – August 31, 2012 – Dr. Richard Jackson, Howard Payne University alumnus and interim pastor of First Baptist Church of San Angelo, addressed new and returning HPU students, faculty and staff during University Convocation on Wednesday. University Convocation marks the first chapel service of the 2012-13 academic year, and faculty and various administrators donned academic regalia for the service.

richard_jackson_for_webDr. Jackson earned the Bachelor of Arts degree from HPU and the Master of Divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth. He has served as pastor at churches in Bangs, May, Bluff Dale, Cleburne and Sulphur Springs. Dr. Jackson also served the North Phoenix Baptist Church for more than 25 years prior to his retirement. During his time in Phoenix, he led his church to grow from fewer than 500 members to 22,000 members. Dr. Jackson served on HPU’s Board of Trustees from 2001 to 2004.

Additional Convocation program participants included Dr. Bill Ellis, president; Dr. W. Mark Tew, provost and chief academic officer; Dr. Celeste Church, associate professor of music; Dr. Gregory Church, associate professor of music; Wendy Grooms, associate professor of math; Dr. Nancy Jo Humfeld, professor of theatre; Dr. Allen Reed, professor of music; Dr. Daresa Voss, professor of education; Dr. Elizabeth Wallace, faculty assembly president and professor of music; and Jeremy Bartley, Student Government Association president.

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Photo cutline: Dr. Richard Jackson addressed the HPU community during University Convocation.