Nominations, applications sought in EO director search

A national search has begun to hire a director for Iowa State's office of equal opportunity. Associate provost for faculty Dawn Bratsch-Prince and senior associate athletics director for sports administration Calli Sanders are leading a seven-member university committee that is assisted by the Massachusetts-based Spelman and Johnson Group. The search firm will help develop the applicant pool and assist with the logistics of the search. Details about the position are online.

Nominations, applications sought

Nominations for the position may be emailed to Bratsch-Prince or Sanders, or to senior associate Mark Hall at the search firm. The application deadline for guaranteed consideration is Dec. 7, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Bratsch-Prince said the intent is to bring finalists to campus by early February for interviews that will include a public forum. The goal is to announce the next director by March.

Iowa State's EO director manages all aspects of equal opportunity and affirmative action programs, from ensuring university compliance with laws and regulations to investigating and resolving complaints. Mary Sirna, administrative adviser for ISU police, began serving as interim EO director last month. The position reports to the president's office, but is distinct from Iowa State's new vice president for diversity and inclusion post, which will focus on strategically increasing institutional diversity and advocating for diversity and inclusion. (Reginald Stewart begins in the new position on Dec. 1.)

Search committee members

  • Dawn Bratsch-Prince, co-chair
  • Calli Sanders, co-chair
  • Joe Campos, dean of students office
  • Maureen De Armond, university counsel office
  • Kurt Earnest, residence department
  • Sara Jensen, public safety department
  • CJ Kulish, university human resources department