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Release: May 21, 2002

(Editors: A high resolution photo of Buckley is available.)

Buckley named new UI human resources director

Susan C. Buckley has been chosen as The University of Iowa's next associate vice president of finance and university services and director of human resources, a position she has held on an interim basis since July 2001.

Buckley, who has worked at the UI since 1975 and has been associate director of Human Resources since January 2001, was one of three finalists for the position. Her annual salary will be $122,500.

"Sue Buckley has demonstrated her professionalism and commitment to the university over a number of years," said Douglas True, UI vice president for finance and university services. "Her service to the University as interim director during the past year has been exemplary.

"The University committee selected to review candidates for the permanent human resources job gave Sue high marks during the two-day interview process that recently concluded," True added. "With all of the financial challenges faced by the University, we are well served in having some of Sue Buckley's capabilities in this important management position."

UI Human Resources is responsible for programs and policies that attract, develop, and retain qualified staff and provide a variety of critical university-wide services. Units within the department include faculty and staff benefits, family services, classification and compensation, the dual career network, payroll, employee and labor relations and the UI Wellness program, among others.

Buckley has a master of science degree in sociology from Purdue University and a bachelor of science degree in sociology from the State University of New York.

Buckley is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management and the College and University Personnel Association for Human Resources.

She has served on numerous UI, Iowa City and state boards and committees, including the UI Task Force on the Human Resource Information Process Resolution/Review Team (of which she was chair); the UI President's Council on Strategic Implementation; the Mayor's Youth Employment Program: Gender Equity Advisory Board; and the Needs of Women & Girls in Training, Education and Employment; the State Leadership Council on Nontraditional Occupations. She was on the UI Staff Council from 1988 to 1996 and served as its president from 1990 to 1991.

She has been project director for numerous state and federal grants, has made dozens of presentations on human resources issues and has authored and coauthored several articles, including most recently "The Status of Gender Equity: Recommendations and Strategies for Improving Recruitment and Retention of Women in Trade/Technical Classrooms" for the Iowa Department of Education's Iowa Community College Technical Assistance Project Report.