Robert Foldesi to interview for UI human resources director position
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Robert Foldesi, assistant vice president for human resources
at Illinois State University in Normal, Ill., will interview for the position
of University of Iowa associate vice president and director of human resources
on Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 10 and 11. He is the sixth candidate to be interviewed
In addition to interviews with campus administrators, faculty, staff and
students, Foldesi will participate in a public forum from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.
in the Terrace Room of the Iowa Memorial Union Tuesday, Feb. 11.
Foldesi has been in his current position with Illinois State since 1986.
In that capacity, he directs a staff of 27 in administering human resource
programs for 1,550 staff and benefits for 3,000 faculty and staff.
He has also worked at St. Mary's College in Notre Dame, Ind., where he was
director of administrative services from 1984 to 1986 and personnel director
from 1980 to 1984. From 1976 to 1980, he was manager of compensation and development
at Central Michigan University. He was an industrial relations generalist
with Ford Motor Company from 1971 to 1976.
Foldesi earned a bachelor's degree in sociology and psychology in 1968 and
a master's degree in management and supervision in 1976, both from Central
Michigan University. He served in the U.S. Army from 1968 to 1971 and was
a member of the U.S. Army Reserve from 1971 to 1994.
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.