The Center for Human Resources and Labor Studies is pleased to congratulate two exceptional alumni who are receiving awards from the University of Minnesota.

Chuck Edward wins Alumni Service Award

Chuck Edward, ’93 MA-IR, received the Alumni Service Award on October 16th at the University of Minnesota Alumni Association Awards Celebration. Edward is an accomplished human resources professional. Throughout his 20 years' experience, he's held held various HR positions at 3M, Pizza Hut, the Chicago Tribune, and CIGNA Behavioral Health. For the past decade Edward has worked in human resource leadership roles at Microsoft.

As Edward was developing his career, he remained involved with the MA-HRIR program and the Center. Not only has Edward spoken in several graduate level courses and been a dedicated mentor to students, he also helped the Center recruit top-notch students from across the country to join the program.

“Chuck was an enthusiastic participant in this initiative, and I remember his work in selling the University of Minnesota to University of Wisconsin undergraduates (his undergraduate alma mater),” says Professor and Industrial Relations Land Grant Chair John Budd.

Additionally, Edward helped create a strong relationship between the MA-HRIR program and Microsoft. Thanks to his efforts, Microsoft has hired at least a dozen University of Minnesota MA-HRIR graduates, and has also hired many students as summer interns.

“Our relationship with Microsoft is now among the strongest of our many corporate relationships,” Budd said.

Anne Tsui earns Outstanding Achievement Award

Anne Tsui, ’75 MA-IR, received the University of Minnesota Outstanding Achievement Award in late October. The OAA is the highest honor the University bestows on graduates who have achieved extraordinary distinction in their field, and have demonstrated exceptional achievement and leadership on a community, state, national or international level.

The Award was presented to Tsui in a ceremony at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, where she earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology.  Speaking at the ceremony, Chancellor Lendley Black said, “Anne certainly deserves this honor. She is a scholar, teacher, and leader. Anne has published six books and more than 50 articles in important journals, and she is one of the most cited authors in the field of management. She has made a commitment on a global level to management research and education, and her passion for developing future generations of scholars, especially in emerging markets, such as China, has made a difference to academia and to the commercial community."

Tsui is currently Motorola Professor of International Management at Arizona State University. Previously, she was on the faculty of Duke University, the University of California, Irvine and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. She also founded the International Association for Chinese Management Research in 2002, and is the creator and editor-in-chief of the Management and Organizational Review.

Congratulations to both Chuck Edward and Anne Tsui for their outstanding achievements!