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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 Building.

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.