During the early 1970’s a group of area personnel professionals identified a growing need amongst themselves and their colleagues for a networking vehicle to share information, ideas and concerns regarding issues to their profession. An organizational meeting was held in October 1976 to determine the interest in forming an area wide personnel organization. Because of the strong interest in forming an organization, the Constitution and Bylaws were adopted and the first officers were elected in January of 1977.
In February 1977, the Fargo Moorhead Personnel Association (FMPA) was formerly installed as a chapter of the American Society of Personnel Administration (ASPA).
In September of 1989, the ASPA became known as the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). This marked a new era for the rapidly growing profession and before the end of 1989, the FMPA became known as the Fargo Moorhead Human Resource Association (FMHRA).
One of the earliest endeavors was the establishment of the annual wage and salary survey in 1978. The survey polls local businesses regarding their salary and wage programs and publishes the information for participating chapter members. The survey continues today.
The first state conference was held in 1978 but did not become an annual event until the state council was formed in 1985. This annual event includes all the chapters in North Dakota and has become a tradition of learning, sharing, and networking.
State Council was formed in 1985 and acts as a liaison between the national SHRM organization and the local SHRM chapters. Individuals from each chapter are elected or appointed to fill director positions.
In 1979, the Tri-College Student Personnel Association was formed to enhance the professional development of students preparing for the personnel field. The name of the chapter was changed to the Student Human Resource Association in 1990 echoing the changes made by SHRM and FMHRA. The student chapter is made up of students from North Dakota State University, Minnesota State University Moorhead and Concordia College. The Student Liaison from the FMHRA Board assists in the leadership development and the programming for the student chapter.