CONTACT: STEPHEN PRADARELLI
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0007; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: April 6, 1999
Reed to discuss diversity with UI College of Education
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Former Penn State Dean Rodney J. Reed,
a national authority on school management and urban education, will visit
the University of Iowa's College of Education Thursday and Friday, April 8
During his visit, Reed will provide directions and
advice to the college about how to mentor and retain diverse students, faculty
and staff. The College of Education Diversity Committee is sponsoring the
The public will have an opportunity to meet Reed on
Thursday, when he will speak on the topic "Creating a Welcoming Climate for
Diversity" from 2:30 to 4 p.m. during an open forum in the Jones Commons in
the Lindquist Center. The forum will be followed immediately with a reception
in the same room.
People in need of more information or special accommodations
should contact the College of Education dean's office at (319) 335-6182.
On Friday Reed will meet with a select group of people
from the university, the Iowa City School District and the community.
Donald Yarbrough, associate dean of the College of
Education, said the college's Diversity Committee regularly brings in speakers
to share their strategies for recruiting and retaining minority faculty, staff
Reed is an expert in school leadership and management,
as well as human resources development and education, especially with regard
to talented minorities and women.
As dean of Penn State's College of Education for eight
years, Reed recruited faculty and students, reorganized departments and attracted
strong support for research and teaching before his retirement in 1997. He
became particularly well known at Penn State for his innovations in urban
During Reed's tenure, the minority graduate student population
at Penn State rose to 10.9 percent and the undergraduate population rose to
6.3 percent, while the minority tenure-track faculty representation was maintained
at 17.5 percent.