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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 on campus.

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.