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SHRM Board of Directors does not give priority to HRCI Certification


SHRM and HRCI have enjoyed shared interests in advancing the HR profession and professional certification since 1976, when SHRM helped start HRCI. However, for the past several years there seems to be less of a shared “partnership” than previously existed.  For instance:

  1. In the fall of 2009, Mr. Jose Berrios, was designated by the SHRM Board as the 2010 Chair Elect, and the 2011 Chair of the SHRM Board of Directors. As early as 2009, he was encouraged by a member of our group to become certified by the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI), or risk becoming the first SHRM Board chair which was not HRCI certified since HRCI certification was established in 1976. Mr. Berrios has not become HRCI certified.
  2. The immediate past CEO was not certified when employed by the Board of Directors and the Board failed to require HRCI certification after hire.
  3. Failing to recruit a HR Executive as SHRM’s President & CEO, and defaulting to the temporary President, Mr. Henry Jackson, also resulted in a new president who is not even eligible for HRCI certification.   Many members are amazed and severely disappointed that a non-HR professional would be selected as SHRM’s President & CEO.
  4. Several Board HR practitioners are not certified
  5. Only 31% of the current SHRM Board is HRCI certified although one additional board member has a Ph.D.  But still, even when counting the Ph.D, less than 40% of the new board is HRCI certified. This is the lowest level of certified Board members in the Society’s history. 
  6. Also, neither the Chair of the SHRM Board or the Society’s CEO is HRCI certified. This is the first time since HRCI certification was established that this is the case.
  7. Notwithstanding the apparent lack of priority given to HRCI certification by the current SHRM leadership, the same leadership aggressively audits and grades the certification status of Chapter, State and Regional Board members.
  8. We fear the longstanding HRCI/SHRM relationship may be jeopardized by this very visible lack of support for HRCI and its certification programming.
  9. It is the SHRM Members for Transparency position that HRCI certification is critical to ensure a sufficient percentage of the Board of Directors are not only human resource professionals but by becoming HRCI certified have confirmed that they have mastery of the Human Resource Management profession's Body of Knowledge. The following is a pictorial summary of the present HRCI certification status of the current thirteen members of the SHRM Board as well as the SMFT appraisal of whether or not they could be considered human resource management professionals.

 

 

Status of SHRM Board Members

CERTIFIED?

 

HR PRO?

 
 HRCI Certified and/or Human Resource Professional

 

Jose A. Berrios

Chair                                                                                         

 

YES

 

NO

 
                 

Jose A. Berrios
President
BTG: The Berrios Talent Group, LLC
San Antonio, TX
board@shrm.org

Biography

Hank Jackson

NO

 

NO

 
President and Chief Executive Officer    
Henry G. (Hank) Jackson, CPA      


Society for Human Resource Management
Alexandria, VA
ceo@shrm.org

Biography

Jeffrey Cava

NO

 

YES

 
Director-at-Large
Jeffrey M. Cava

Executive Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.
White Plains, NY
board@shrm.org

Biography

Jorge Consuegra

NO

 

NO

 
Director-at-Large
Jorge Consuegra
board@shrm.org

Biography

 

Calvin W. Finch, CPA

NO

 

NO

 
Director-at-Large
Calvin W. Finch, CPA
Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
CPP, Inc.
Mountain View, CA
board@shrm.org

Biography

Bette J. Francis, SPHR

YES

 

YES

 
Chair Designate
Bette J. Francis, SPHR
Vice President/Director, Human Resources
Wilmington Trust
Wilmington, DE
board@shrm.org

Biography

Jim Kaitz

NO

 

NO

 
Director-at-Large
James A. Kaitz
President and CEO
AFP (Association for Financial Professionals)
Bethesda, MD
board@shrm.org

Biography

Gary P. Latham, Ph.D.

No but has Ph.D

 

YES

 
Director-at-Large
Gary P. Latham, Ph.D.
Secretary of State Professor of Organizational Behavior
Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto
Toronto, Ontario
board@shrm.org

Biography

My-Chau Nguyen

NO

 

NO

 
Director-at-Large
My-Chau Nguyen, CPA
Senior Vice President of Customer Relationship Marketing
Sirius XM Radio
board@shrm.org

Biography

Virda M. Rhem, SPHR

YES

 

YES

 
Director-at-Large
Virda M. Rhem, SPHR
Director of Human Resources
Texas Property and Casualty Insurance Guaranty Association
Austin, TX
board@shrm.org

Biography

Virda M. Rhem, SPHR

NO (Has a MBA in HR)

 

YES

 
Director-at-Large
Coretha M. Rushing
SVP, Chief HR Officer
Equifax Inc.
Atlanta, Ga.
board@shrm.org

Biography

Virda M. Rhem, SPHR

YES

 

YES

 
Director-at-Large
Brian D. Silva, SPHR, GPHR
Senior Vice President of
Human Resources and Administration
Fresenius Medical Care NA
Waltham, Mass.
board@shrm.org

Biography

Virda M. Rhem, SPHR

YES

 

YES

 
Director-at-Large
Jose Tomas, SPHR
President, Latin America and Caribbean
Global Chief People Officer
Burger King Corp.
Miami, Fla.
board@shrm.org

Biography

 

Recommendations:

·         SHRM Members for Transparency believes the SHRM Board needs to be more demanding in terms of SHRM Board members and key SHRM executive staff being HRCI certified.

·         Although there may be a need on the SHRM Board for non-HR professionals, such as a financial professional like Mr. Finch, CPA, these opportunities should be relatively few.  On the 2012 SHRM Board almost forty percent of the Board is comprised of non-HR professionals.

·         Nor should Board seats be given to non-HR professionals, such as marketing professionals, when SHRM may be better served and more effective if such an expert is engaged on a consultancy basis.