Samuel Dunham Selected for CUPA-HR’s Wildfire Program

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Congratulations to Samuel Dunham, assistant director, employee development, for being one of 13 individuals selected to participate in the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR) 2021-2022 Wildfire program, a 12-month leadership development experience designed for early-career higher education professionals.

“I am truly excited about the opportunity, and it was a great reminder that I have a lot that I can bring not only to the Valencia community but also the higher education human resources community through my skills, abilities and experience,” said Sam. “I am hoping to take all of my experiences in the program and develop my own leadership competencies so that I can better serve my Valencia community and be able to apply my development throughout my career.”

The program, which is being held virtually this year, starts in July 2021. Throughout the yearlong experience, Sam and other program participants will have the opportunity to develop their professional skills through tailored learning experiences including mentorship, learning events and courses, and the completion of a project showcasing the insights they gain throughout the year.

Participants were selected based on their HR strengths and areas for development identified on the program application as well as their interest in and commitment to the program. Valencia employees who may be interested in the program should consult with their supervisor about participation. For more information about the program, click here. Applications for the next cohort open in January 2022.

CUPA-HR serves higher education by providing the knowledge, resources, advocacy and connections to achieve organizational and workforce excellence. Headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee, and serving more than 33,000 HR professionals and other campus leaders at nearly 2,000 member institutions and organizations around the country and abroad, the association offers learning and professional development programs, higher education salary and benefits data, extensive online resources and regulatory and legislative information.

Please take a moment to congratulate Sam in the comments below.


  • Solange said:

    Congrats, Samuel!

    PMTue, 18 May 2021 16:48:19 +0000Tue, 18 May 2021 16:48:19 +0000pm21,4:48 pm

  • Lauren R. Thomas said:

    Congratulations Sam!!!

    PMTue, 18 May 2021 16:55:16 +0000Tue, 18 May 2021 16:55:16 +0000pm21,4:55 pm

  • Rebecca Greenberg said:

    Congrats, Sam!!

    PMTue, 18 May 2021 17:02:24 +0000Tue, 18 May 2021 17:02:24 +0000pm21,5:02 pm

  • Michelle Foster said:

    Congratulations Samuel! You make us proud!

    PMTue, 18 May 2021 17:03:30 +0000Tue, 18 May 2021 17:03:30 +0000pm21,5:03 pm

  • Karen Murray said:

    Congratulations to Samuel, who helped me kindly in the past.

    PMTue, 18 May 2021 17:43:50 +0000Tue, 18 May 2021 17:43:50 +0000pm21,5:43 pm

  • Courtney Demings said:

    Congratulations Sam! Way to go! Such a great opportunity!

    PMTue, 18 May 2021 18:21:22 +0000Tue, 18 May 2021 18:21:22 +0000pm21,6:21 pm

  • Natasha McIlmurray said:

    Yay Sam! Huge congratulations!

    AMWed, 19 May 2021 08:08:37 +0000Wed, 19 May 2021 08:08:37 +0000am21,8:08 am

  • Regina Seguin said:

    Congratulations, Sam!

    AMWed, 19 May 2021 08:29:58 +0000Wed, 19 May 2021 08:29:58 +0000am21,8:29 am

  • Craig Rapp said:

    Congratulations Sam!!

    AMWed, 19 May 2021 08:46:33 +0000Wed, 19 May 2021 08:46:33 +0000am21,8:46 am

  • Luisa said:

    Congratulations! You are awesome!

    AMWed, 19 May 2021 08:46:46 +0000Wed, 19 May 2021 08:46:46 +0000am21,8:46 am

  • Deanne said:

    Congratulations Sam! Grateful to have you represent our department, division and institution. Proud to work with you every day!

    AMWed, 19 May 2021 09:31:43 +0000Wed, 19 May 2021 09:31:43 +0000am21,9:31 am

  • katie said:

    Yahoo, Sam!!! I'm so excited to learn from you. 🙂

    AMWed, 19 May 2021 10:04:18 +0000Wed, 19 May 2021 10:04:18 +0000am21,10:04 am

  • Nichole Segarra said:

    So awesome 🙂 Congratulations!!

    AMWed, 19 May 2021 11:50:07 +0000Wed, 19 May 2021 11:50:07 +0000am21,11:50 am

  • Leda Pacheco said:

    Congratulations, Sam!!! You are amazing 🙂

    PMWed, 19 May 2021 12:11:21 +0000Wed, 19 May 2021 12:11:21 +0000pm21,12:11 pm

  • April Montallana said:

    Congrats Samuel! You rock!!!

    PMThu, 20 May 2021 14:08:56 +0000Thu, 20 May 2021 14:08:56 +0000pm21,2:08 pm

  • Amy Bosley said:

    Sam – I'm so excited for you and so proud that you've been accepted into this terrific program. I look forward to learning with you!

    AMMon, 24 May 2021 09:27:32 +0000Mon, 24 May 2021 09:27:32 +0000am21,9:27 am

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