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Chancellor Feyten receives national ‘Human Resources Champion’ recognition

Photo of Carine M. Feyten

Carine M. Feyten addresses university faculty and staff during the annual Fall Assembly. Photo courtesy of the Denton Record-Chronicle.

Award recognizes university chief executives for support of employees

Texas Woman’s University Chancellor Carine M. Feyten, Ph.D., has received the 2016 Chief Executive HR Champion Award from the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR). This is the nation’s top award recognizing university leaders for their support of human resources.

“I am so appreciative of this recognition, and I thank those who recognized our efforts here at Texas Woman’s University,” Feyten said. “This is such a distinctive honor and I’m especially proud because it reflects on our entire university community.”

Feyten added, “From the minute I stepped on this campus, I’ve emphasized the ‘triple bottom line’ approach in leading the university — People, Profit and Planet — with People coming first. If we nurture a culture that always considers individual well-being, the objectives we set for Profit and Planet will be much easier to reach. This also extends to our students who we want to empower to become thriving and engaged global citizens.”

Because of this recognition, CUPA-HR is making an $8,000 contribution, underwritten by Sibson Consulting, to a TWU fund of Feyten’s choice. Feyten has decided to apply the gift to the TWU Staff Council for professional development.  

Feyten was hired July 1, 2014, as the 11th leader in TWU’s 115-year history. After taking the helm, she immediately promoted the head of human resources to senior associate vice president and chief human resources officer and made the position an executive cabinet-level appointment. In her two years at the helm of TWU, she has provided support for several human resources-related initiatives, including:

  • merit pay;
  • flexible work schedules for staff;
  • staff and faculty affinity groups;
  • recognition leave (where paid time off is granted to staff employees as a reward for outstanding performance and exceptional contributions);, and
  • a streamlined performance evaluation process.

In addition, Feyten has implemented a “servant leadership” framework at TWU — encouraging and valuing the ideas of others to create an employee culture of input and collaboration. She has provided regular opportunities for staff and faculty to meet and interact with her, led the effort for the university’s new center for women in business, helped found the Center for Faculty Excellence to provide professional development opportunities, resources, support and inspiration for TWU’s faculty, and more.

“Since she came on board two years ago, Dr. Feyten has gone out of her way to create and encourage a university culture that supports teamwork, diversity, creativity and enthusiasm in all segments of the university community, but particularly among faculty and staff,” says Lewis Benavides, TWU’s chief human resources officer who nominated Feyten for the award.

“She has a very innovative personality and shares her enthusiasm for culture, teamwork and people every single day with the entire campus community.”

Feyten will receive her award during the 2016 CUPA-HR Annual Conference and Expo September 25-27 in Washington, D.C.

Feyten oversees TWU — the nation’s largest university primarily for women — with an annual operating budget that exceeds $256 million, serves approximately 15,000 students on campuses in Denton, Dallas and Houston, and has an annual economic impact in the North Texas region of more than $721 million.

A native of Belgium, Feyten holds a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Education, Second Language Acquisition from the University of South Florida, and an M.A. in English, Dutch, Education and a B.A. in Germanic Philology, both from the Université Catholique de Louvain in Belgium. An internationally recognized consultant, speaker and scholar in the field of language learning, teaching methodologies and the integration of technology in education, she has authored or co-authored more than 100 journal articles, conference papers and book chapters. Feyten previously served as dean of the College of Education, Health and Society at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.




Headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee, and serving more than 18,000 human resources professionals and other campus leaders at more than 1,900 member organizations around the country and abroad, CUPA-HR offers learning and professional development programs, higher education salary and benefits data, extensive online resources and just-in-time regulatory and legislative information. 

About Texas Woman’s University

Texas Woman’s University (TWU) is the largest public university in the nation primarily for women and has an enrollment of approximately 15,000 students on campuses in Denton, Dallas and Houston. Since its founding in 1901, TWU has produced more than 88,000 graduates in fields vital to the growth and quality of life in Texas and the nation, including nursing, health care, education and business.


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