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Iowa City IA 52242
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Robert Foldesi named UI human resources director
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Robert Foldesi, assistant vice president for human resources
at Illinois State University in Normal, Ill., has been selected to fill the
position of associate vice president and director of human resources at the
University of Iowa. His name will be on the register of personnel changes
that will go to the State Board of Regents for ratification at the board's
next meeting, April 15-16.
The new UI human resources director is scheduled to start work here on May
"Bob Foldesi has been a leader in the field of human resources in higher
education," said Douglas K. True, UI vice president for finance and university
services. "He brings us valuable insight into the latest developments
in compensation practice and the best ways to adopt theories of quality management
in the university setting."
Foldesi has been active in the College and University Personnel Association
(CUPA), serving as chair of the CUPA National Communications and Education
Committee from 1996-97 and as the association's vice president for professional
development from 1995-96. He also received the association's National Teaching
Excellence Award in 1993.
He has also presented papers at conferences on issues in human resources,
including quality management applications and compensation practices in higher
education. Among his recent articles is "Higher Education Compensation
Systems of the Future," which appears in the Winter 1996 edition of CUPA
Foldesi has been assistant vice president for human resources at Illinois
State since 1986. Prior to that, he held human resources positions with St.
Mary's College in Notre Dame, Ind., and at Central Michigan University. At
each of those institutions he has taught undergraduate courses in human resource
administration and graduate courses in compensation administration. He has
also worked in private industry, as an industrial relations generalist with
Ford Motor Company.
He 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 has been a member of the
U.S. Army Reserve since 1971.
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 with
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. With Foldesi's appointment, Small will begin a two-year