August 23, 2004 Vol. IX, No. 1

Robert Foldesi Assumes Human Resources Leadership Role

Award Winning Administrator from Mid west Brings People-Oriented Style to New Job

A Midwesterner with a "collaborative, people-oriented" style and a distinguished record in human resource administration has assumed the leadership of Cal State Northridge's Human Resource Services.

Robert Foldesi, the campus' new assistant vice president for human resources, started work on August 2. In announcing the appointment, Vice President for Administration and Finance Mohammad Qayoumi said the new administrator will bring "great energy and ability" to the position.

"We welcome him and look forward to working with him," said Qayoumi.

Former associate vice president for human resources at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana, Foldesi's career has included administrative posts at other Midwestern universities as well, among them the University of Iowa and Illinois State University. Most recently, he has provided senior level human resource consulting services to colleges, universities and businesses.

"My style is collaborative, people-oriented," said Foldesi, who had made his home in Granger, Ind., near South Bend. "During the first few weeks, I will be speaking with a wide variety of people in leadership positions. I want to understand the needs of the campus so that the programs we support and the priorities we set will meet those needs."

A recent visit to the Northridge campus left a positive imprint on his perception of its faculty, administrators and staff, Foldesi recalled. "The warmth and genuine caring for the students of Northridge really impressed me," he said.

During his tenure at the University of Notre Dame, Foldesi streamlined and improved human resource processes, developed a comprehensive people development system and improved the quality of services provided by his office.

The recipient of the Midwest Creative Achievement/Publication Award from the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources, he earned a bachelor of arts degree in sociology and psychology as well as a master's degree in management and supervision, both from Central Michigan University.

Foldesi succeeds Stephen Montgomery, who retired at the end of July after more than 23 years of service to Cal State Northridge and the California State University system (see story below).

Chaired by Associate Vice President of Faculty Affairs Penelope Jennings, the search and screen committee included Michael Barrett, chair, Library, Reference and Instructional Services; Barbara Gross, associate professor, marketing; Susan Krall, human resource manager; David Moon, chair, Art Department, and William Watkins, associate vice president for student affairs and dean of students.

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