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Release: Immediate

Lois Cox named university ombudsperson

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Lois Cox, clinical professor in the University of Iowa College of Law, has been appointed a university ombudsperson by President Mary Sue Coleman.

Cox will complete the unexpired term of John Delaney, who has resigned to become chair of the department of marketing in the College of Business Administration. Cox will begin her duties Aug. 18 and will serve through June 30, 1999. Her appointment is a half-time commitment, which will allow her to retain her academic appointment in the College of Law.

With her appointment, Cox joins the office that is also staffed by ombudsperson Maile Sagen. Sagen has been with the office since 1990.

"The ombudspersons provide an important resource for the campus community. I am pleased with the very high quality of the personnel in the office," Coleman said. "On behalf of the university community, I want to thank John Delaney for his service. We are fortunate that Lois Cox has agreed to complete John Delaney's term. I know we can count on her and Maile Sagen to continue the ombudspersons' tradition of excellence."

Cox has been a member of the UI faculty since 1986, when she was named a visiting associate clinical professor of law. She became associate clinical professor in 1987 and was named assistant dean for student affairs in 1989, a position she held until 1996. She was promoted to clinical professor of law in 1992.

Before joining the UI faculty, Cox was a staff attorney with the Iowa City Regional Office of the Legal Services Corp. of Iowa, concentrating on employment and public benefits law. She is a member of the Iowa State Bar Association, the Johnson County Bar Association, the Iowa Organization of Women Attorneys, and the American Association of Law Schools Section on Clinical Legal Education.

Cox earned a bachelor's degree in English from Rice University and a master's degree in English from Tufts University. Her law degree is from Boston University School of Law.

The office of the ombudsperson serves as a resource for all those in the university community who require information or help in resolving problems. It serves students, faculty and staff by offering a confidential, neutral and independent dispute resolution service. The office is located in C108 Seashore Hall. Clients may come to the office in person, make contact by letter, or call 335-3608. Office hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, but evening or early morning meetings can be arranged. An answering machine records messages left during evenings and weekends or when staff members are on other calls.