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Release: Immediate

Juan Jarrett to interview for UI human resources director position

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Juan A. Jarrett, assistant vice chancellor for personnel in the System Administration Office for the State University of New York, will be on the University of Iowa campus Monday and Tuesday, Jan. 27 and 28, to interview for the position of University of Iowa associate vice president and director of human resources. He is the second candidate to be interviewed on campus.

In addition to interviews with campus administrators, faculty, staff and students, Jarrett will participate in a public forum from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. in the Terrace Room of the Iowa Memorial Union Tuesday, Jan. 28.

Jarrett has served in his current position since 1990. Prior to that, he worked for the City of New York in a number of capacities. From 1984 to 1990, he was assistant commissioner for personnel and employee services in the Department of General Services. In that position, he directed a staff of 85 in all aspects of human resource and personnel functions for the Department of General Services, an agency employing 3,200 people. He previously served as executive assistant to the deputy commissioner for financial management and administration.

He earned a bachelor's degree in history from Lafayette College in Easton, Penn., in 1981, and a master's degree in public affairs and administration in 1985 from Fordham University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in Bronx, N.Y.

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.