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Release: Immediate

UI recommends elimination of Vice President for Health Sciences position

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa will recommend to the State Board of Regents that the position of UI Vice President for Health Sciences be eliminated. The recommendation will be made when the Regents meet in Iowa City Feb. 19-20. The position is vacant and would not be filled under the recommendation.

The recommendation follows the acceptance by UI President Mary Sue Coleman of a report written by a committee charged with reviewing the office. The committee was chaired by Dr. David Skorton, UI vice president for research, and included UI Provost Jon Whitmore, UI Vice President for Finance Douglas True, UI Vice President for University Relations Ann Rhodes and UI General Counsel Mark Schantz.

The vice president for health sciences position was created in 1991 by former President Hunter R. Rawlings III. It came as part of a restructuring of the UI administration, which included the creation of the provost position. Henri R. Manasse Jr. was appointed to the position by Rawlings and served in that capacity until last July, when he left the UI to become executive vice president of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.

"Henri Manasse served the University with distinction, hiring superb new leaders for five of the six units of the Health Sciences Center," said Skorton, who has served as special assistant to the president for the Health Sciences Center, supplying interim oversight to the Health Sciences Center since Manasse's departure. "With the help of his excellent staff and the Health Sciences Center leaders, Dr. Manasse put the University on a firm footing in the volatile world of health care delivery, education and research."

In the report, the committee outlines a series of goals, which are based upon the continued existence of a cohesive and integrated Health Sciences Center:

*The concept of a Health Sciences Center should be maintained within the ideal of the campus as a whole.

*Administrative oversight of the Health Sciences Center should incorporate a vision of the changing nature of health care in the aspirations, goals and objectives of the academic health center.

*The UI Clinical Enterprise, which is a collaboration between the College of Medicine and the UI Hospitals and Clinics, should be maintained. The governance of the Clinical Enterprise should be such as to allow the enterprise to adapt to rapid changes in health care.

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*All academic planning and reviews should ultimately be the responsibility of the provost.

*The president of the university should play a major role in the oversight of the Clinical Enterprise and the UI Health System.

The committee then went on to make seven recommendations for the governance model for the Health Sciences Center.

1. The position of vice president for health sciences should be eliminated and the position's administrative responsibilities assumed by other members of the UI administration to achieve efficient and cost-effective oversight.

2. The deans of the four health colleges should report to the provost.

3. The Health Sciences Policy Council, composed of the deans of the health colleges, the director of the UIHC and the director of the hygienic laboratory, should be chaired by the provost.

4. The Clinical Enterprise should receive guidance and support from a new administrative structure, the Clinical Enterprise Group, chaired by the president and composed of senior administrators appointed by the president. The group would advise the president on academic, legal, financial and health policy issues.

5. The director of UIHC should report to the president, who will be advised by the Clinical Enterprise Group. Likewise, the dean of the College of Medicine should report to the president with respect to matters pertaining to the dean's responsibilities as a partner in the Clinical Enterprise.

6. The University Hygienic Laboratory should remain part of the Health Sciences Center. The director should report to the vice president for research.

7. A senior staff position should be created in the Office of the Provost to advise the provost on academic Health Science Center matters. The provost would maintain an office in the Health Sciences Center.

The report also recommends that the administrative structure of the Health Sciences Center be reviewed periodically beginning in the year 2001.