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Chapter History

Our Story
DR. Alan Cabelly

Founder & Former Chapter Advisor 


PSU HRMA was established in 1981 by Professor Alan Cabelly. 

Alan Cabelly, Ph. D., SPHR, former HRMA Founder and Chapter Advisor, has been teaching individuals to lead all his life. He has been a Human Resource Management faculty member at Portland State University since 1980.

Prof. Cabelly has been named SHRM Advisor of the Year, twice Distinguished Member of NHRMA, and earned the Human Resources Award of Excellence from the Portland Chapter of NHRMA/SHRM.  The student chapter of SHRM that he advises has earned the Superior Merit Award from SHRM every year since 1983.  He was President of NHRMA in 2000, and has served as Director of the Oregon State Council of SHRM. 


Prof. Cabelly's doctoral degree is from the University of Washington. His diverse travel experiences (including teaching and service in Viet Nam, China, Serbia, Russia, France, Germany, Abu Dhabi, as well as other travel to Egypt, Peru, the Czech Republic, Japan, Korea) allow him to bring unique approaches to his work.


He has run 64 marathons and ultramarathons, and once covered 101 miles in 24 hours while earning $1600 for medical research. 

In 2018, Alan retired from teaching and leading HRMA, but continues to be appreciated for all the hard work he put into establishing the program.

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