Cook Named Director of Human Resources



Sept. 1, 2004 – James Cook of Ankeny, Iowa, director of human resources with Maytag Corp. in Newton, Iowa, has been named director of human resources at Southeast Missouri State University.

The announcement was made after a closed session meeting of the Board of Regents Aug. 27.

Cook was selected from a pool of more than 100 applicants after a national search was conducted. He has 27 years experience in the private sector and brings considerable expertise in managing human resource functions for multiple facilities.

Cook will begin his new duties Sept. 30. He replaces Phil Brodeur, who resigned in May to return to his home in New England. Dr. Pauline Fox, former vice president for administration and enrollment management at Southeast, has been serving on a part-time basis as interim director of human resources.

At Southeast, Cook will be responsible for overall planning, direction, management, and administration of Human Resources; establishment and management of budgets; development and administration of Human Resource policies; and development and implementation of a strategic plan for Human Resources.  He will be responsible for supervising 10 staff members and managing benefits, compensation administration, employee relations, human resources information systems, labor relations, payroll, and recruitment and selection of employees.

Prior to his position with Maytag, Cook was director of human resources for Herrin (Ill.) Laundry Products, manager of labor relations for Galesburg (Ill.) Refrigeration Products, and a labor relations representative for Ford Motor Co.’s Michigan (Wayne) Truck Plant.

He holds a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and has studied in the MBA program at Western Illinois University. He formerly has served as a trustee and board chairperson of Southern Illinois Healthcare, a six hospital health care system; a member of the board and board chairperson of the Southern Illinois Workforce Development Board; and a board member of the Herrin Chamber of Commerce.