Work-Life Director Appointed

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Linda Siebert Rapoport

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In announcing Rapoport’s appointment, Richard Siemer, UK executive vice president for finance and administration, said the new director will work with a UK Advisory Council on Work-Life. The council members were appointed by Todd to complete several tasks, including the development of a university statement of principle with regard to work-life issues and efforts.

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 28, 2004) -- The University of Kentucky has selected Linda Siebert Rapoport, a work-life solutions and diversity human resources executive from Chicago with expertise in Women’s Leadership Initiatives, as director of a new UK Work-Life Office.

Since 1999, Rapoport has served as first vice president for work-life and diversity at the Bank One Corporation, Chicago, Ill., the nation’s sixth largest bank holding company with assets of $270 billion, 74,000 employees in 29 states, and 1,800 locations. She held a similar post earlier with Citibank.

A native of Chicago, Rapoport is a graduate of Roosevelt University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors in political science and sociology and a minor in Spanish. She has a Master of Arts degree from the University of Chicago in family, group and individual treatment.

“We were very fortunate to find a person of Linda Rapoport’s experience and leadership talents to head up this new work-life initiative at UK,” said UK President Lee T. Todd Jr. “She will be a superb spokesperson for our efforts to establish a work-life strategy that creates an even greater workplace,” Todd added.

In announcing Rapoport’s appointment, Richard Siemer, UK executive vice president for finance and administration, said the new director will work with a UK Advisory Council on Work-Life. The council members were appointed by Todd to complete several tasks, including the development of a university statement of principle with regard to work-life issues and efforts.

Siemer said the new UK Work-Life Office and the advisory council are charged with demonstrating and reinforcing a long-term positive work-life climate at UK. “Ms. Rapoport will be responsible for researching, recommending and facilitating the implementation of initiatives which help university faculty, staff and students balance the competing demands of their work and personal lives,” Siemer added.

The new office was included in recommendations made by a Work-Life Task Force appointed by Todd at a work-life retreat in June 2002.

Kimberly P. Wilson, associate vice president of human resources, said the new Work-Life Office is a significant new resource established at UK to benefit faculty and staff. “We are looking forward to the many ways this new initiative will help create an improved work-friendly atmosphere, ultimately improving UK’s ability to attract and retain talented employees.”

The Advisory Council on Work-Life includes representatives from UK’s Commission on Diversity, Employee Benefits Committee, Staff Senate, University Senate, Human Resources, and the Wellness Program, among others.


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