Finance and HR service delivery leaders hired

The first hires have been made to fill top roles in the improved service delivery (ISD) structures. The positions will serve as liaisons with university and unit leaders to implement and ensure efficient service delivery in finance and human resources.

Dwaine Heppler and Heather Paris were named associate vice presidents in human resources and finance, respectively, and will help assemble and implement teams of specialists in their areas. Paris will report to interim senior vice president for finance Pam Cain, and Heppler will report to interim vice president for university human resources Kristi Darr.

Heppler will assume the AVP for human resources and strategy role on Feb. 4. He comes to ISU from Rockwell Collins, Cedar Rapids, where he has worked 11 years -- the last five as HR business partner. Heppler earned his bachelor's degree and a Master of Business Administration from Iowa State.

Paris, who has served as recreation services' business manager since 2016, will move into the AVP for finance and support services position Jan. 17. Prior to coming to ISU, she was CEO at Stewart Memorial Community Hospital, Lake City, and chief financial officer at Monroe County Hospital and Clinics, Albia. Paris earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Iowa, and a Master of Health Care Administration from Des Moines University.

What's next

The next step in the hiring process is to fill openings for three finance managers and senior human resources partners who will report to the AVPs and oversee the specialist teams. The guaranteed consideration date for those positions was Dec. 16.

A Jan. 8 job showcase is open to all university employees interested in finance and HR specialist positions. ISU employees must complete an online interest survey Jan. 9-18 to be considered for a specialist role.