Office of the Vice President

croppedJodi Gentry, Vice President for Human Resources

As vice president for human resources, Jodi Gentry oversees all human resources operations at the University of Florida, including employee and labor relations, faculty and staff training, compensation and benefits, communications, recruitment, employment, classification, retirement, complaints, transfers, leaves, workers’ compensation and the HRS Service Center. In her role, Jodi works to create greater alignment among UF’s HR systems by moving the university toward a more coordinated performance management approach.

The Vice President’s Office also manages Institutional Equity & Diversity at the university, BabyGator childcare services and the HR Forum—a monthly meeting to keep HR staff throughout campus informed of relevant news and developments.

With more than 20 years of human resources experience in higher education, Gentry had previously served as assistant vice president for Human Resource Services since 2013.  In this role, she regularly led change management engagement efforts for high-level institutional initiatives and established a track record of successful change implementation.  She has also had extensive experience with strategic program development and assessment. In addition to her role as assistant vice president, she also served as the director for strategic initiatives for the Office of the Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.

Gentry brings a demonstrated history of supporting performance, accountability and achievement at the university to her new role, having recommended, developed and implemented organizational development activities for vice presidential areas, colleges, departments and divisions over the course of her career at UF. As the former director of UF Training and Organizational Development, she also founded and served as director of the university’s Advanced Leadership for Academics and Professionals program. She has regularly served as an executive and managerial coach for leaders on campus.

Gentry holds a Master of Arts in Mass Communication with a specialization in public relations from the University of Florida and a bachelor’s degree in English from Berea College in Kentucky. She also is a Society of Human Resource Management Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP).

 

Maureen De Armond, Assistant Vice President for Human Resources

As assistant vice president for human resources, Maureen De Armond oversees Employee Relations. In her role, De Armond works with the other departments within Human Resources and across campus to assist with performance and conduct management, faculty and staff engagement, and UFHR’s Strategic Commitment.

Prior to joining UF in July 2017, De Armond served as associate university counsel at Iowa State University, where she specialized in labor and employment, disability and discrimination. While De Armond served all of campus, she primarily advised human resources, the senior vice president and provost, and the office of equal opportunity. At ISU, De Armond also chaired search committees; drafted and revised policies; developed and delivered academic and operational leadership training; advised on faculty and staff conduct and performance; investigated and responded to external civil rights charges; advised on ADA, FMLA and workers’ compensation; and served as the litigation liaison with the Iowa attorney general’s office.

De Armond has served in various legal and leadership positions since earning her law license, including as in-house legal counsel, director of corporate compliance and HIPAA privacy officer for a healthcare system in Illinois affiliated with the University of Illinois College of Medicine – Peoria. De Armond previously worked in the labor department, reporting through the human services division at Caterpillar Inc.’s world headquarters in Peoria, Illinois. She also worked as adjunct faculty at Bradley University, teaching an MBA course on the legal environment of business.

De Armond holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Iowa and bachelor degrees in history, German, and secondary education from the University of Northern Iowa. She is currently licensed to practice law in Iowa and maintains an inactive license in Illinois.