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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 and 9.

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 event.

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 and students.

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 education.

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.