UIHC to appoint new human resources administrator

BY DI STAFF | MARCH 04, 2011 7:20 AM

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The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics will soon appoint a new human-resources administrator.

The official will replace former administrator Chad Simmons, who abruptly resigned in May 2010 after a brief, 16-month stint in the position. Simmons’s reason for the sudden resignation was not disclosed because of terms in his settlement, said UI spokesman Tom Moore. Simmons received $450,000 in severance payment upon his resignation.

The search committee was formed in the fall of 2010, said Michael Cohen, a pathology professor and one of the co-heads of the search committee. The 16-member committee consists faculty and staff who work with UI Health Care, union members, nurses, and physicians.

One union memmber has reported that some members had reported difficulties working with Simmons, said Charlie Wishman, the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees communication director.

Of the 69 applicants, Cohen said, the committee looked for candidates with experience in human resources as well as the academic health system. The committee has submitted its four recommendations to UI Vice President for Medical Affairs Jean Robillard, who will make the decision in the near future, Moore said.

— by Alison Sullivan

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