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Release: Immediate

UI asks Regents to re-establish vice president for student services position

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa will ask the Iowa State Board of Regents to re-establish the position of vice president for student services. The UI will also ask the Regents to reclassify current Dean of Students and Associate Provost Phillip Jones as vice president of student services and dean of students. The requests will be made when the Regents meet in Iowa City Feb. 19-20.

UI President Mary Sue Coleman said the change will provide additional advocacy on behalf of students and will contribute to a greater understanding of and focus on student life issues. Coleman also said the re-establishment of the position is a step toward meeting the university's strategic goal of fostering a high-quality academic environment.

Under the proposal, the units reporting to the vice president for student services would include: Campus Programs/Student Activities; Career Development and Cooperative Education; Hancher Auditorium; Counseling Services; the Iowa Memorial Union; Residence Services; Services for People with Disabilities; Special Support Services; the Women's Resource and Action Center; Student Government; Student Judicial Procedures; and Student Services Administration.

Jones currently reports to UI Provost Jon Whitmore. If the Regents approve the UI's requests, he will report to Coleman.

Jones joined the UI in 1968 as coordinator of the Educational Opportunities Program. He has served as dean of students since 1983 and associate provost since 1989. He holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and master's and doctorate degrees from the UI.

The position of vice president for student services was last held by Philip Hubbard. The position was not filled when Hubbard retired in 1990.

The reclassification would be effective Feb. 20, 1997. Jones would receive an annual salary of $127,000. He is currently paid $121,025.