50th Anniversary HR Magazine: Celebrating a Rich Past and an Exciting Future

By Johnny C. Taylor Jr. and Susan R. Meisinger Dec 31, 2005

HR Magazine, 50th Anniversary 2005On our 50th anniversary, we take stock and look ahead at the future of HR.

Anniversaries are a good time to reminisce, take stock and look ahead, and that’s what we’ve tried to do in this special issue commemorating the 50th anniversary of HR Magazine.

Of course there’s value to looking back beyond just replaying memories or shaking our heads at how old-fashioned some things now seem. A sense of history informs our present; it gives us a better understanding of where we are now, what others accomplished to get us here and why we do what we do. And knowing about the past can help us envision and prepare, at least a little, for whatever is to come.

We hope this issue illustrates what a rich and exciting history the HR profession has, a heritage that few other professions can match in scope of change and sheer drama. HR Magazine and its predecessor publications have chronicled this history, starting soon after the birth in 1948 of the American Society for Personnel Administration, later renamed the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). It has played an important role in providing information to help SHRM’s membership and other readers understand and cope with developments, contributing to SHRM’s twin missions of serving the HR professional and advancing the profession.

And we look forward to covering the next 50 years because—if history teaches us anything—it’s likely the changes will come even faster.

Johnny C. Taylor Jr., J.D., SPHR
Chair, SHRM Board of Directors

Susan R. Meisinger, SPHR
President & CEO, SHRM


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