CONTACT: MELVIN O. SHAW
300 Plaza Centre One
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0010; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: April 17, 2002
UI interviews director of affirmative action candidates
The University of Iowa will interview the first of four candidates Thursday
(April 18) for the position of director of affirmative action. Each candidate
will meet publicly with members of the UI and on-campus groups at scheduled
open forums. The director is responsible for heading the UI's compliance with
affirmative action, equal opportunity laws, and civil rights laws and policies.
The named director would report directly to the UI president and is part of
the University's senior leadership team.
The UI will meet with:
Susan Lee Free, an attorney and registered nurse, who is now assistant
director, investigator at the Equity and Diversity Resource Center at the
University of Wisconsin-Madison. The open forum with Free is from 11 a.m.
to 12:15 p.m. in the Illinois Room (Room 348) of the Iowa Memorial Union.
David L. Poindexter, attorney and associate director, Office of Equal
Opportunity, The University of Maine. An open forum with Poindexter will be
Wednesday, April 24 from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in Room S401 of the Pappajohn
Business Administration Building.
Susan L. Moss, attorney and director, Office of Diversity and Equity,
San Diego State University. An open forum with Moss will be Thursday, April
25 from 1:45 to 3:00 p.m. in Room S401 of the Pappajohn Business Administration
Charlotte F. Westerhaus,, attorney and diversity manager, Rockwell
Collins. An open forum with Westerhaus will be announced later.
The UI conducted a similar search for a director last July, but did not
select any of the finalists. This year's search committee is chaired by Sue
Buckley, interim associate vice president and director of human resources,
and is made up of 11 additional UI faculty, staff, and students.
The selected director will be responsible for preparing the UI affirmative
action plan and monitoring plan compliance and other initiatives. He or she
will oversee the investigation of and response to internal and external complaints
of discrimination and harassment. The director monitors hiring and search
efforts; coordinates compliance with disability and equity laws and policies;
coordinates and provides training and outreach programs throughout the UI
on such topics as sexual harassment, ADA, and diversity. Other duties of the
director include advising the president and UI officials on policy issues
affecting affirmative action, civil rights, equal opportunity and diversity,
and works collaboratively with the UI general counsel.