The University Record, June 7 , 1999

Eichstadt appointed interim head of HR/AA

By Jane R. Elgass

Marty Eichstadt, currently director of the Benefits Office, will be the interim executive director of Human Resources/Affirmative Action. Pamela Gerber, currently assistant director of benefits, will be acting director of the Benefits Office. Eichstadt’s appointment will be acted on at the June Regents’ meeting.

With the U-M since 1969 and director of benefits since 1995, Eichstadt “has made significant improvements in many areas,” noted Provost Nancy Cantor and Robert Kasdin, executive vice president and chief financial officer, in announcing the appointment last week. “She is widely respected throughout Human Resources and Affirmative Action, as well as across the University.”

Cantor and Kasdin indicated that a committee will be appointed soon to conduct a national search. They also noted that since Jackie McClain announced she was taking a post in California, “we have been meeting with senior members of the unit to explore more fully the challenges and strengths upon which we should build. These discussions have been very useful as we move toward the selection of a search committee.”

Eichstadt has 30 years’ experience in the administration of benefits at the University, ranging from serving faculty and staff in a customer service capacity to counseling prospective retirees and negotiating with vendors.

She has seen the Benefits Office grow to encompass four campuses—Ann Arbor, the Health System, and Dearborn and Flint. She also has seen the annual open enrollment process move from a paper-based system to a near-paperless system with the introduction of interactive voice response phone lines.

A graduate of Barnes College, Eichstadt is on the Blue Cross/Blue Shield Customer Advisory Council, the M-CARE Employer Advisory Council and the Board of the Michigan University Coalition on Health.

Gerber, who holds a B.G.S. from the U-M, joined the University in 1996 as manager of benefits. Prior to that she was an independent benefits consultant with projects that included a group insurance enrollment/premium audit for Kelsey-Hayes, development of a telephone open enrollment system and service center for the Detroit Public Schools, and flexible benefit open enrollment project management for Proper Mold & Engineering.

Prior to that she held posts as corporate benefits supervisor at Masco Corp., corporate benefits manager for Copeland Corp., corporate group insurance analyst for Borg-Warner Corp. and group insurance underwriter for Association Life Insurance Co.