Hotard Selected for 2023-24 CUPA-HR Ignite Program Cohort

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Mariah Hotard, manager of talent acquisition and development at Rhodes College, has been selected to participate in the 2023-24 CUPA-HR Ignite program, a 12-month leadership development experience designed for early career higher education human resources professionals. 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.

Hotard joined the Rhodes College staff in 2021 after working as a recruiter at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from University of Louisiana at Monroe and an MBA from Southern University and Agricultural and Mechanical College at Baton Rouge.

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.

“We are very excited to welcome our 10th cohort for this program,” said CUPA-HR President and Chief Executive Officer Andy Brantley.

CUPA-HR’s Ignite program (formerly known as Wildfire) is led by current and past CUPA-HR leaders and national office staff and made possible in part thanks to support from HigherEdJobs.