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Anthony named director of UI Educational Placement Office

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Rebecca Anthony, teacher placement coordinator in the University of Iowa College of Education since 1975, has been appointed director of the Educational Placement Office, the program that helps education graduates and alumni find jobs as K-12 and college teachers and administrators throughout the United States.

She succeeds Judith Hendershot, who has directed the placement office since 1971. Hendershot will continue to serve as director of external relations for the College of Education for the next three years.

Anthony's appointment was approved by the state Board of Regents July 15.

Educational Placement Office staff track job openings across the United States, helping graduates find vacancies that match their skill level and interests. Office staff also coordinate recruitment trips by school districts to the UI and offers job-seeking training to new graduates and alumni.

About 1,500 current students and alumni are registered as active job candidates with the office. For the past five years, about 85 percent of registered job seekers have been successful in obtaining teaching and education-related positions.

Anthony currently is the co-director of a College of Education project to teach education students how to use new technology, such as the World Wide Web, to prepare and showcase their teaching and academic skills. She and Gerald Roe, associate director of the Educational Placement Office, are the co-authors of several books on job seeking strategies for educators.

Hendershot was only the third director of the Educational Placement Office, beginning her placement career there as assistant director in 1960. While at the College of Education, Hendershot also served as director of the Office of College Development and co-director of the Institute for School Executives.

Since 1994 she has been director of external relations. In that position, Hendershot is the liaison for development, public relations, and alumni activities for the College of Education.