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About Upstate NY HERC


To promote equity and excellence in higher education recruitment in Upstate New York.


The Upstate New York HERC advances member institutions’ ability to recruit and retain the most diverse and talented workforce and to assist dual-career couples.


  • Attract the most talented and diverse candidates to our member institutions.
  • Advance the efforts of member institutions to assist dual-career couples.
  • Promote Upstate New York higher education as an employment sector of choice.
  • Ensure our members remain on the cutting edge of best recruitment and retention practices.

The Upstate New York HERC was established in 2006 as collaborative response of colleges and universities in Upstate New York to the many challenges of academic recruitment and retention.  Upstate New York HERC’s core values are excellence and diversity in Upstate New York's higher education workforce and the promotion of work/life balance through assistance to dual career couples.

Who We Are

Upstate New York HERC is composed of a diverse group of public and private colleges and universities in Upstate New York that include research universities, doctoral and master’s institutions, affiliated medical schools and teaching hospitals, four-year colleges, and community colleges.

Member representatives include institutional leaders, faculty, academic and faculty affairs professionals, human resources managers and administrators, diversity officers, dual career consultants, and work-life personnel.

Lorraine Goffe-Rush
“Washington University is a HERC member because it facilitates meaningful conversations between fellow higher education institutions. The opportunity to discuss challenges and share best practices with like minds allows our organization to draw upon the experiences of an entire region, and in turn to approach recruitment from a uniquely informed perspective.”

- Lorraine Goffe-Rush, SPHR, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Human Resources, Washington University in St. Louis

Geographic Region

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Upstate NY HERC covers Capital Saratoga, Central Leatherstocking, Finger Lakes, Chautauqua-Allegheny, Niagara Frontier, the Adirondacks, and Thousand Islands.

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