UNI names Leah Gutknecht assistant to the president for compliance and equity management

September 22, 2004

Leah Gutknecht, assistant to the president for Compliance and Equity Management, (319) 273-2846
Gwenne Culpepper, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-6728

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Leah Gutknecht has been named assistant to the president for Compliance and Equity Management at the University of Northern Iowa. She succeeds Winston Burt who stepped down in June, and now teaches in the Department of Social Work. Gutknecht has been acting director of the office since then.

Gutknecht holds a B.A. in design and human environment, and an MBA, both from UNI. She is a certified workplace mediator and certified federal investigator.

She served as planning and allocations director for the Cedar Valley United Way from1989 to 1993, and human resources coordinator for UNI from 1993 to 1998. She then took a position as branch manager for Staff Management Inc., until 2000, when she was offered the associate director position in UNI's Office of Compliance and Equity Management.

Her new duties will include developing and administering university affirmative action and compliance policies; participating in the resolution of complaints relative to equal opportunity, affirmative action and compliance programs; and evaluating the university's progress toward attaining equity goals.