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Release: Immediate

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 to 1975).

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.