Foldesi appointed associate vice president of Human Resources

by Dennis Brown

Robert S. Foldesi, associate vice president for finance and university services and director of human resources at the University of Iowa, has been appointed associate vice president for human resources at the University of Notre Dame, according to Rev. Timothy R. Scully, C.S.C., executive vice president of the University.p. Foldesi will assume his new responsibilities July 1. He succeeds Richard Nugent, who is leaving the University to take a position with the law firm May, Oberfell&Lorber.p. “Bob Foldesi brings with him a wealth of experience in all of the many facets of human resources in higher education,” Father Scully said. "In addition, he has previously served in our community and has an understanding of and appreciation for the mission and values of Notre Dame. We are gratified that he has accepted this position and look forward to working with him.p. “At the same time, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Rich Nugent for his very generous and thoughtful leadership of the Human Resources services at the University for the past two years.”p. “I have been very happy at the University of Iowa and was not looking for another job, but I was approached by Notre Dame with a very attractive professional opportunity,” Foldesi said. “I am sad to leave Iowa and the many friends I have made here, but I am looking forward to the challenges of this new position.”p. Foldesi, who was director of human resources and director of administrative services at neighboring Saint Mary’s College from 1980-86, returns to the area after four years at Iowa and 11 years at Illinois State University.p. At Iowa, Foldesi provided human resource strategies to the university’s vice presidents and chief academic officers and directed a staff of 88 on a campus with 13,500 faculty and staff. As assistant vice president for human resources at Illinois State, he supervised a staff of 27 in administering a broad range of human resource programs for a workforce of 3,000.p. Foldesi was graduated from Central Michigan University in 1968 with a bachelor’s degree in sociology and psychology and in 1976 with a master’s degree in management and supervision. He served from 1968-71 as an intelligence officer in the U.S. Army and retired from the Army Reserve in 1998 at the rank of colonel.p. Foldesi held a series of assignments from 1971-76 as an industrial relations generalist for Ford Motor Company before entering higher education at his alma mater, where he served for four years as manager of compensation and development.p. Active on the regional and national level in the College and University Professional Association (CUPA) for human resources, Foldesi most recently served as chair of the organization’s national Communications and Education Committee and as vice president of professional development. He received a regional award from the association this year for publications and creative achievement and was the recipient of a national teaching excellence award from CUPA in 1993. He was chair of the association’s Midwest region from 1991-92.p. Foldesi has made numerous presentations at professional meetings on compensation issues and quality management and is the coauthor of a book to be published this summer titled “Compensation in Higher Education ?A Practical Guide for the HR Strategist.”

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