CONTACT: MELVIN O. SHAW
300 Plaza Centre One
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0010; fax (319) 384-0024
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
-- 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.