By Blake Dowson
DES MOINES — Kevin Ward, the University of Iowa vice president for Human Resources and noticeably hoarse from his three hours on the stand on Tuesday, was back on the stand Wednesday morning answering questions about former Senior Associate Athletics Director Jane Meyer’s transfer and subsequent termination from the university between 2014-16.
Meyer, sitting not 20 feet away from Ward as he described the protocol behind her termination, was stoic, keeping her eyes on Ward the entire time.
Her transfer a day after she sent that memo was not reactionary, he claimed. Talks were already in the works for her to be moved.
— Blake Dowson (@BRDowson) April 19, 2017
Both Thomas Newkirk, representing Meyer, and George Carroll, representing the UI, spent much of the morning hashing out the timeline surrounding the memo Meyer sent to Iowa Athletics Director Gary Barta detailing her concerns about gender discrimination in the Athletics Department. Meyer, who sent the memo on Dec. 4, 2014, was notified she was being transferred out of the Athletics Department the following day.
Newkirk touched upon Meyer’s exemplary performance as the senior associate athletics director. In Meyer’s 13 years in that position, from 2001-14, she received only one negative performance review from Barta. That was her final one, which occurred in 2014, only a few months after Meyer’s partner, then-head field-hockey coach Tracey Griesbaum, had been the focus of an abuse investigation in the Athletics Department and subsequently fired in August, although there was no policy violation found upon…
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