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Release: April 24, 2002

Final candidate to interview for affirmative action position

The University of Iowa will interview and hold an open forum Monday, April 29 for Charlotte F. Westerhaus, the fourth of four candidates seeking the position of director of affirmative action.

An open forum meeting for Westerhaus with interested members of the UI and on-campus groups will be from 2:45 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Room W401 in the Pappajohn Business Administration Building. Westerhaus is manager, Diversity and Equal Employment Opportunity, Rockwell Collins. She earned a law degree from Indiana University, where she was assistant editor of the Indiana Law Journal, and she earned both a master's of education and a bachelor's degree in journalism from Ohio University.

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.

Other candidates to interview for the position are:

-- David L. Poindexter, attorney and associate director, Office of Equal Opportunity, the University of Maine; open forum: 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; open forum: Thursday, April 25 from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in Room S401 of the Pappajohn Business Administration Building.

-- 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, was interviewed on Thursday, April 18.

The UI conducted a similar search for a director last July, but did not select any of the finalists.

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.