CONTACT: LINDA KETTNER
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0030; fax (319) 384-0024
(Note to media: The senators are not expected to comment on the meetings.
The Big Ten presidents' comments will focus on the opportunity to exchange
ideas and solicit advice on building support for higher education. The Big
Ten presidents attending will be available for comment at approximately 3
p.m. (Iowa time) outside Room 728 of the Hart Senate Building. Following the
event, President Coleman may be reached for questions at her hotel between
4 p.m. and 5 p.m. (Iowa time) at 202-789-1234; also available to comment on
the meeting will be UI Associate Vice President for Research Derek Willard
who can be reached at 202-543-6000.)
Big Ten Presidents To Meet With Senators Lott And Jeffords
WASHINGTON -- A delegation of Big Ten university presidents, including the
University of Iowa's Mary Sue Coleman, will meet tomorrow afternoon (Tuesday,
April 15) with Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, R-Miss., and Senate Labor
and Human Resources Committee Chairman James Jeffords, R-Vt.
After private discussions with the senators, Coleman will be available outside
Jeffords' office to answer questions from the media and offer comments on
The delegation is seeking to open a dialogue and share information on issues
related to research at Big Ten universities and to the accessibility of higher
education. The delegation will also solicit advice from these congressional
leaders on ways to make a stronger case for research and student aid. The
meetings were arranged with the assistance of Senator Dan Coats, R-Ind.
In addition to Coleman, university presidents and chancellors participating
in the discussions include: Henry Bienen, president, Northwestern University;
Lee Bollinger, president, University of Michigan; Myles Brand, president,
Indiana University; Gordon Gee, president, The Ohio State University; Nils
Hasselmo, president, University of Minnesota; James J. Stukel, president,
University of Illinois; and David Ward, chancellor, University of Wisconsin-Madison.