TAMIU's Elizabeth N. Martínez Receives Prestigious SPHR
Elizabeth Newman Martínez, associate vice president for administration
at Texas A&M International University, recently earned certification
as Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR). (photo)
The prestigious certification, awarded by the Human
Resource Certification Institute (HRCI), is conferred
to those who possess the theoretical knowledge and
practical experience in human resource management necessary
to pass a rigorous examination, demonstrating a mastery
of the body of knowledge in the field.
José García, TAMIU vice president for
finance, said Martínez' career path at TAMIU
has been stellar.
"Elizabeth is a remarkable professional and her
career path here has been stellar. We are honored
to have an individual of her caliber and commitment
working for our hometown University. We congratulate
and commend her on her SPHR achievement," Garcia
Susan Meisinger, president and CEO of the Society for
Human Resource Management (SHRM,) explained the value
of SPHR certification.
"Certification as a human resource professional
clearly demonstrates a commitment to personal excellence
and to the human resource profession," Meisinger
HRCI awards two levels of certification: Professional
in Human Resources (PHR) and Senior Professional in
Human Resources (SPHR).
To become certified, an applicant must pass a comprehensive
examination and demonstrate a strong background of
professional human resource experience.
Martínez holds a master of public administration
degree from TAMIU and a bachelor's degree in psychology
from the former Laredo State University (LSU).
She first joined then-LSU in 1980 as a purchaser. One
year into her position, Martínez was promoted
to assistant business manager and steadily rose in
the ranks of TAMIU administration by subsequently becoming
a director of human resources and in 2001, associate
vice president for administration. She served as director
of human resources for 14 years.
Active in her community, Martínez is a graduate
of Leadership Laredo and Leadership Texas. She is currently
a member of United Way of Laredo, Leadership Laredo,
American Association of University Women, Leadership
Texas Alumni Association and TAMIU's Alumni Association.
HRCI is the credentialing body for human resource professionals
and is affiliated with the SHRM, the world's largest
organization dedicated exclusively to the human resource
The Institute's purpose is to promote the establishment
of professional standards and to recognize professionals
who meet those standards.
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