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Release: Sept. 16, 1999

McNulty resigns as associate provost of International Programs

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Michael L. McNulty, associate provost and dean of University of Iowa International Programs, has announced his resignation from this position, effective Jan. 1, 2000. McNulty, a UI professor of geography, plans to return to teaching full-time in the 2000-2001 academic year, following a developmental leave in the spring 2000 semester.

McNulty has served as associate provost since July 1993, first in an interim capacity and then as a regular appointment. During his tenure, he oversaw the reorganization of International Programs and helped launch the Global Scholars Program. He also was instrumental in increasing international travel funds for faculty, expanding opportunities for study abroad, and securing external funding for international research and instruction from federal grants and private foundations.

"I have really enjoyed working in International Programs, and I think we've accomplished much during the last six years," McNulty said. "Nonetheless, I always intended to rejoin the faculty after serving in the administration and believe that it is now time to do so. I also believe that our efforts to further internationalize the University of Iowa and to strengthen the governance structure and administration of International Programs will benefit from new leadership."

UI Provost Jon Whitmore said that he will appoint a search committee to select McNulty's successor, and that he hopes that person will be on the job by the time McNulty begins his leave in January.

McNulty joined the UI faculty in 1969. He has served as chair of the department of geography and as director of the former Center for International and Comparative Studies (CICS). He has also conducted research and technical assistant projects in a number of countries including Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, India, Jordan, the Philippines, Nicaragua, Bolivia, Thailand and Russia. He has published extensively on research related to urban and economic development in Africa and other areas of the Third World.