HFC Vice President to receive (ASE) Michigan HR Executives of the Year Honor

 Dearborn, Mich.


Dr. Cynthia Glass, Henry Ford College (HFC) vice president of Human Resources/special assistant to the President, will be honored as one of the four American Society of Employers (ASE) Michigan Human Resource Executives of the Year on Thursday, Nov. 3, at the Detroit Athletic Club (DAC).

“I am extremely honored to be recognized as a leader in the field of human resources (HR). I am passionate about the work that we, as HR professionals, do to contribute to the success of our organizations. My 26 years as an HR professional has reinforced that only through our people are great things accomplished,” said Glass.

Joe Zitnik, president of the HFC Support Staff Association (SSA) and a network and systems analyst at the College, nominated Glass for this award. She is one of four HR professionals in Michigan to receive this prestigious award in 2016. The ASE honors outstanding HR executives annually who are evaluated based on the nominee’s commitment to the HR profession, successes in his or her past and current positions, contributions to the community, impact on the lives of others and the success of his or her organization.

“My first meeting with Dr. Glass was to let her know I was planning on trying to create a new bargaining unit to represent the support staff at HFC. In that meeting – and in dozens of meetings that have followed over the years – Dr. Glass has always acted as a mentor and a colleague, even when we were bargaining contracts on different sides of the table. I have always felt that, above everything else, Dr. Glass has had the best interests of the employees in mind,” said Zitnik.

Glass has spent 16 of her 26-year career in higher education. She was the vice president of HR & Labor Relations at St. Clair County Community College (SC4) in Port Huron from 2005-06. From 2006-11, she worked at Owens Community College (OCC) in Toledo, first as the associate vice president of HR & Labor Relations, then as the vice president of HR. She also served as an adjunct instructor at OCC. She came to HFC in 2011 as the director of HR. She began her current position in 2014.

Glass earned her undergraduate degree in Socio-Economics and Economics and her graduate degree in Labor & Industrial Relations from Michigan State University (MSU). From there, she earned her doctorate in Instructional Technology & Distance Education from Nova Southeastern University (NSU) in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Additionally, she has completed programs and seminars through the Phi Theta Kappa Leadership Institute, the College & University Personnel Administrators Executive Leadership Program, Harvard Business School and the University of Michigan (U-M) Business School.

Her HR team was given the Academic Quality Improvement Process Award and she was nominated for Administrator of the Year, both from OCC; the School Board Member of the Year Award from the St. Clair County Association of School Boards; and the Award of Excellence from the Society of the Plastics Industry.

“This is a great honor. I am grateful for the recognition of my contributions to the profession and service to the people I have had the pleasure of working with over the years,” said Glass.