March 10, 2017

Eastern Michigan University human resources programs receive global leadership awards

EMU’s Masters in Human Resources and Organizational Development and bachelors in management/HR concentration among programs honored at global conference

YPSILANTI – A variety of Eastern Michigan University programs in human resources have been honored for their outstanding efforts in developing leadership. The awards were given this winter at the LEAD2017 event, held in Nashville. The prestigious awards salute the world’s top human resources leadership practitioners and programs, and highlight their roles in developing their most important asset - their people.

Fraya Wagner-Marsh

The LEAD Awards and event are a part of, which recognizes the top leadership organizations in a yearly ranking., the largest global social networking and resource site for HR Professionals, seeks to provide a deeper understanding of the HR function by offering the annual global leadership annual event. Next year’s conference will take place in Salt Lake City.

Three of Eastern Michigan University’s graduate and undergraduate programs in human resources received Top 10 Awards:

• The EMU Masters of Science in Human Resources and Organizational Development (MSHROD) was ranked first in the category of  “Master’s Programs with Emphasis in Human Resources.”

• The EMU BBA-Management Major/HR Concentration was also ranked first in, “Diploma Program with Emphasis on HR.”

• The EMU Graduate Certificate in Human Resources was ranked second for “Certificate Programs with Emphasis in Human Resources.”

“Winning the LEAD Awards and being at the top of the rankings is further evidence of the hard work and excellence that our HR/OD faculty provide to our programs at EMU,” said Fraya Wagner-Marsh, director of the MSHROD program and department head of the Management Department. “These awards also show the strong support that we have from our alums and the employers that hire our graduates. The LEAD Awards support our reputation for providing superior education and learning opportunities for the Southeast Michigan HR/OD community.”

The complete list of this year’s award winners will be published in the February edition of Leadership Excellence Essentials epublication.  This year’s award recipients were selected based an application or nomination process, reviewed by’s  leadership panel, as well as feedback from the program’s participants. The voting was promoted by the nominees as well as through social media campaigns over the course of the nomination period.

About EMU’s Graduate and Undergraduate Programs in HR

Eastern Michigan University offers a Master’s of Science in Human Resources and Organizational Development, a Graduate Certificate in Human Resources, a Graduate Certificate in OD, and a BBA-Management Major/HR Concentration. These programs are offered through the Management Department at the EMU College of Business which is accredited by AACSB, the highest accreditation for Colleges of Business. For more information, see the MSHROD website, the management website, or email Dr. Fraya Wagner-Marsh, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, GPHR, the department head of the Management Department, at or call 734-487-3240

About Eastern Michigan University

Founded in 1849, Eastern is the second oldest university in Michigan. It currently serves 22,000 students pursuing undergraduate, graduate, specialist, doctoral and certificate degrees in the arts, sciences and professions. In all, more than 300 majors, minors and concentrations are delivered through the University's Colleges of Arts and Sciences; Business; Education; Health and Human Services; Technology, and its graduate school. EMU is regularly recognized by national publications for its excellence, diversity, and commitment to applied education. For more information about Eastern Michigan University, visit the University's website.

Contact Geoff Larcom,, 734.487.4401

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