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Release: July 9, 2001

UI affirmative action director interviews are under way

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa has announced that it will interview the first of several candidates for the position of director of affirmative action, an appointment that is now held by Susan L. Mask. Mask has said that she plans to move later this year to the greater Seattle, Wash., area, where her spouse, Joe Knight, has been named dean of the University of Washington School of Law.

UI faculty, students and staff are invited to meet with each candidate at an open forum, which will follow the candidates' formal interviews with members of a UI search committee. The dates and candidates are:

Tuesday, July 10 -- Stephanie C. Schulz, director, West Virginia Equal Employment Opportunity Office, Charleston, W. Va. Open forum, 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. in S401 Pappajohn Business Administration Building;

Wednesday, July 11 -- Marcus Dahn, director, Office for Diversity Enhancement and Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action at South Dakota State University, Brookings, S.D. Open forum, 2:30 to 3:45 p.m., Penn State Room (Room 337) of the Iowa Memorial Union;

Monday, July 16 -- Willyerd R. Collier, Sr., director of Affirmative Action, the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. Open forum, 2:30 to 3:45 p.m., in Penn State Room (Room 337) of the IMU;

Tuesday, July 17 -- Cynthia Lynn Barnes, human resources representative, County Technical Services, Inc. of Denver, Colo. Open forum, 10:45 to noon, in Room W401 Pappajohn Business Administration Building.

The director of affirmative action reports to the president of the UI and is responsible for heading the UI's compliance with affirmative action, equal opportunity and disability laws and policies. The director also coordinates educational training and outreach programs on topics such as sexual harassment, affirmative action, and diversity. Additionally, the director advises the president and other university officials on a wide range of policy issues affecting affirmative action, equal opportunity, and diversity.