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Catawba H.R. Officer Recognized with National Award

October 05, 2016

Category: Events, Staff


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 L-R: Andy Brantley, president and CEO, CUPA-HR; Michelle Jerry, marketing programs specialist, Kronos Incorporated; Larry Farmer; David Blake, chair of the board of directors, CUPA-HR

Larry Farmer, Human Resources Officer at Catawba College, was recently honored as the recipient of the 2016 National CUPA-HR Award for Distinguished Service to the association and the profession.

Farmer was presented his award on Monday, Sept. 25 at the National CUPA-HR Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. His award, sponsored by Kronos Incorporated, came with a $4,000 award to Catawba College.

Over the past 12 years, Farmer has served in several leadership positions with CUPA-HR, including eight years on the board of directors of the association’s N.C. Chapter, including two terms as president. He also served for several years on the CUPA-HR Southern Region board of directors, serving as it chair in 2011-2012, and as a member of the national board of directors in 2013-14. Additionally, he has served on several association committees at the chapter, region and national level.”

According to Deborah Benton, who served with Famer on the Southern Region board of directors and the national board of directors and who nominated him for the award, “Larry has always modeled the great attitude and caring heart that all HR professionals should emulate.”

A graduate of N.C. State University, Farmer joined the staff of Catawba College in 1998, following a long career as an HR professional in the textile industry. He and wife Beth make their home in Landis and are parents of two adult sons, Brad and Jonathan, and grandparents to granddaughters Addison and Zoey.