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Richard Saunders to interview for UI human resources director position
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Richard Saunders, assistant director of personnel at the
University of Iowa, will interview for the position of UI associate vice president
and director of human resources Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 5 and 6. He is
the fifth candidate to be interviewed on campus.
In addition to interviews with campus administrators, faculty, staff and
students, Saunders will participate in a public forum from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.
in the Terrace Room of the Iowa Memorial Union Thursday, Feb. 6.
Saunders, who has been in his current position with the UI since 1986, has
17 years experience in management and human resources. While at the UI, he
has served as president of the UI professional and scientific staff and as
an advisory board member to the Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association.
Before coming to the UI, he was manager of corporate personnel and public
relations for Leggett in Lynchburg, Va. (1985 to 1986); vice president of
personnel for J.L. Brandeis in Omaha, Neb., and Clearwater, Fla. (1975 to
1985); and with personnel services at the University of Northern Iowa (1972
Saunders earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics and physical education
in 1971 and a master's degree in personnel services in 1974, both from the
University of Northern Iowa. He served in the U.S. Army from 1968 to 1970,
including a tour of duty in Vietnam.
The associate vice president and director of human resources reports directly
to the UI vice president for finance and university services and provides
human resource leadership for the UI's Regents merit system staff as well
as the UI's professional and scientific staff.
Responsibilities of the position include the classification and compensation
system for professional and scientific staff; adherence to policies and procedures
for the Regents merit staff; the relationships with organized staff and graduate
assistants and the unions that represent them; professional development, fringe
benefit programs, child care support activities and administration of the
human resources budget.
The associate vice president works closely with Office of Affirmative Action,
the retirement and insurance committee, the elected staff council, deans,
vice presidents and the staff of the Board of Regents office as well as other
Regents' universities, on human resource issues.
The new associate vice president will replace Mary Jo Small, associate vice
president for finance and university services, who has served in that position
since 1982. She joined the UI in 1972 as assistant vice president in charge
of personnel matters. Small will begin a two-year phased retirement as soon
as the new associate vice president and director of human resources is appointed.