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 for faculty and staff at the University of Florida.  This involves talent acquisition, benefits, professional development, classification and compensation, labor and employee relations, administrative communication services, and work life.

Through UFHR’s strategic commitment, she and her team are working to support preeminence through people by helping to:

  • Identify, hire, and retain the best talent
  • Develop leaders to manage and lead effectively—in a way that is fair and nondiscriminatory
  • Reward faculty and staff both competitively and strategically
  • Identify and manage risk responsibly
  • Innovate and use technology to achieve operational HR excellence
  • Foster an inclusive environment where employees feel welcomed, prepared, and engaged

The Vice President’s Office also manages Baby Gator child development centers and the HR Forum—a monthly meeting to keep HR staff throughout campus informed of relevant news and developments.

Gentry has a demonstrated history of supporting performance, accountability and achievement at the university, having recommended, developed and implemented organizational development activities for vice-presidential areas, colleges, departments and divisions over the course of her career at UF.   With close to 30 years of human resources experience in higher education, Gentry previously served as assistant vice president for Human Resources, during which time she regularly led change management engagement efforts for high-level institutional initiatives and served as director for strategic initiatives for the Office of the Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.  As director of UF Training and Organizational Development, Gentry founded the university’s Advanced Leadership for Academics and Professionals program as well as the UF Academy for emerging leaders.

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.