Talent Acquisition Committee

Talent Acquisition@Iowa Project

The initial Talent@Iowa focus on talent acquisition—including work by this committee—inspired a comprehensive project to adopt new strategies and systems. See the Talent Acquisition@Iowa website for complete information.


February 2017: Began work during Phase 2

October 2017: Project planning completed; implementation under way

Status as of November 2017: Projects transitioned to implementation team and committee closed


The Talent Acquisition Committee will advise the talent acquisition director on a talent acquisition framework that will attract and retain employees who possess the broad diversity essential for our teaching, research, and health care missions.

Targeted task force recommendations 

  • Support talent acquisition initiatives currently under way: Look for current needs-assessment projects to establish functional requirements, business owners, and recommendations for UI leaders. Apply similar approaches to meeting other HR needs. 
  • Develop comprehensive talent strategies: Meet the needs of a world-class research university and leading academic medical center with initiatives that attract top faculty and staff (e.g., central support for employer branding and advertising), enhance internal mobility (e.g., leadership development), and create new pipelines (e.g., encouraging students to explore UI jobs). 
  • Define roles and responsibilities for talent acquisition: Establish leads from central HR units for staff and faculty acquisition. Collaborate across units and with distributed HR leaders on diversity initiatives and regulatory compliance. Keep candidate and hiring selections local. 
  • Implement a state-of-the-art talent management system: Plan, budget, and acquire tools that address emerging talent-management strategies, starting with talent acquisition. Address the full suite of talent-management needs for varied constituencies in a time frame that respects those needs. (Note: This recommendation is shared with the IT Transition Committee.) 



  • Chris Annicella, human resources director, College of Education
  • Keith Becker, manager, Employment Services
  • Brenda Dodge, human resources director, College of Law
  • Kari Gates, human resources manager, Facilities Management
  • Wendy Loney, human resources director, Research and Economic Development
  • Kendra Malone, diversity resources coordinator, Chief Diversity Office
  • Maggie Moore, director of faculty and staff services/employee assistance, Organizational Effectiveness 
  • Adam Potter, human resources specialist, Employment Services 
  • Jill Robinson, program coordinator, Equal Opportunity and Diversity 
  • Rebecca Schwertfeger, director of talent acquisition, UI Health Care Human Resources

HR administrative liaisons 

  • Cheryl Reardon, chief HR officer and associate vice president, University Human Resources  
  • Joni Troester, assistant vice president for benefits, health, and productivity, University Human Resources 
  • Kevin Ward, senior director for HR policy and administration, University Human Resources 
Contact Information

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Mailing Address

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Iowa City, IA 52242-1911
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