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Dec. 15, 1995

Finalists named in search for affirmative action director

by Linda Charles

Five candidates for the position of affirmative action officer will interview on campus in January and early February. The candidates are Leonard W. Clark, assistant to the president/legal counsel at Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau, since 1992 (on campus Jan. 18-19); Velma Jackson-Willliams, assistant to the provost and director of the Office of EEO/AA (Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action) Services at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Va., since 1992 (Jan. 22-23); Phyllis E. Liddell, assistant to the president for EEO/AA at the University of Tulsa, Oklahoma, from 1994 to 1995 (Feb. 1-2); Phyllis Powell, executive director of affirmative action/assistant to the president at the University of Houston, Texas, since 1994 (Jan. 16-17); and Rahim Reed, assistant dean for student and minority affairs at the University of Florida College of Law, Gainesville, since 1988 (Feb. 5-6).

There will be an open forum from 3 to 4 p.m. in the Memorial Union on the first day of each candidate's visit to campus. A reception and refreshments will follow the forums. The forums schedule is:

Powell, Tuesday, Jan. 16, Pioneer Room.

Clark, Thursday, Jan. 18, Pioneer Room.

Jackson-Williams, Monday, Jan. 22, Pioneer Room.

Liddell, Thursday, Feb. 1, Campanile Room.

Reed, Monday, Feb. 5, Gold Room.

Following is more information on the candidates. Copies of their vitae are kept in the Reserve Room at the library.

Clark. Before joining Southeast Missouri State, he was executive director of the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights, Louisville; director of equal opportunity and human relations in the Human Relations Department, Tampa, Fla.; and director of the State Office of EEO, Topeka, Kan. In Colorado, he was a supervisory equal opportunity specialist with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Denver.; equal employment specialist with the U.S. Department of Energy, Western Area Power Authority, Golden; hearing officer with the State Personnel Board, Denver; and an attorney (associate) with Hall & Evans, Denver. In Kansas City, Mo., he was a systemic branch chief and legal analyst with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development; corporate trust administrator with the Commerce Bank of Kansas City; and field attorney with the National Labor Relations Board. In Lawrence, Kan., he was city deputy district attorney with the 7th Judicial District and in private practice. He received the J.D. from the University of Kansas, Lawrence, and the B.A. in education with an emphasis in history from Wichita State University, Kansas.

Jackson-Williams. Before joining Virginia Commonwealth, she held several positions in Richmond, including employee relations counselor with the Virginia Department of Employee Relations Counselors; manager of EEO/AA, corporate communications and training at The Coca- Cola Co.; personnel and employment manager at Allied Stores Inc., Miller & Rhoads; career planning and placement coordinator at Virginia Commonwealth; and a public school teacher. She also served as director of the Ross Business Institute, Dearborn, Mich. She received the M.A. in English from Virginia Commonwealth in 1978 and the B.A. in English, English education, from North Carolina Central University, Durham, in 1976.

Liddell. Before joining the University of Tulsa, she was an affirmative action officer at Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield; assistant to the chancellor and director of affirmative action at University of Wisconsin- Oshkosh; director of affirmative action and special programs for women at Washington State University, Pullman; assistant to the director in the Office of Affirmative Action at the University of Oregon, Eugene; and a human relations consultant-affirmative action specialist in the Office of Affirmative Action, Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. She received the B.S. in law in 1971 and the J.D. in 1976 from the University of Oregon.

Powell. Before joining the University of Houston, she was an affirmative action officer, personnel specialist, student employment coordinator and member of the faculty in business education and physical education at Ferris State University, Big Rapids, Mich. She also was a business education teacher at Abilene High School, Kansas; personnel specialist and assistant director of personnel at the University of Wyoming, Laramie; and instructor at Otero Junior College, LaJunta, Colo., and held several other teaching positions. She received the M.S. in business education from the University of Wisconsin in 1965; and the B.S. in business education/physical education, from Western Illinois University, Macomb, in 1958.

Reed. Before joining the University of Florida, he was assistant dean in the Office of Afro-American Affairs, University of Virginia, Charlottesville. In New Jersey, he was a law clerk and summer associate at Brach, Eichler, Rosenberg, Silver, Bernstein, Hammer & Gladstone, Roseland; and a teaching assistant at Rutgers University School of Law's minority student program, Newark. In Pittsburgh, he was a teacher/counselor at the University of Pittsburgh's Community Educational Programs; a juvenile probation officer with the Court of Common Pleas, family division; and senior teacher/counselor at Pressley Ridge School.

He received the J.D. from Rutgers University School of Law in 1986; and the master of public administration in 1986, the master of social work in 1983 and B.S. in psychology and black studies in 1977, all from the University of Pittsburgh.

Iowa State's affirmative action officer develops and monitors equal employment opportunity and affirmative action policies and procedures to ensure compliance with federal, state and Board of Regents' mandates; advises the administration, faculty and staff; participates in training programs; investigates complaints of discrimination and acts as liaison with federal and state enforcement agencies on compliance reviews.

Jeanne Johnson has served as interim director of the Affirmative Action Office since David Torres resigned in August.

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