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Release: Aug. 28, 2000

Engineering Dean Anthony Hines announces resignation

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Anthony L. Hines, dean of the University of Iowa College of Engineering, announced today that he will resign as dean effective Jan. 12, 2001.

Hines made his announcement in a letter sent to faculty and staff in the College of Engineering. In that letter, he noted progress made over the past year, including increases in freshmen enrollment and total enrollment, a greater presence around the state, and a draft of a new strategic plan.

However, Hines also expressed concern about the resources available to move the college toward a higher national ranking. "If faculty aspirations of moving the college to a higher national ranking are to be realized, a large infusion of resources would be required for all programs," he wrote.

The dean said he plans to "remain on the faculty and establish vigorous teaching and research programs."

UI Provost Jon Whitmore accepted Hines' resignation with regret. "Tony Hines has provided distinguished service over the past several months as dean of the College of Engineering," Whitmore said. "He has moved the college forward on several fronts: substantially increasing the number of first-year students enrolling this fall, increasing the public profile of the college through his personal visits around the state, and moving toward completion of a dynamic strategic plan for the college. I am grateful for his dedicated leadership, and I have every confidence that Tony Hines will prove to be a productive researcher and teacher as he now joins the senior faculty ranks."

Whitmore said he will meet with faculty and staff of the college over the next few days to develop plans for interim leadership for spring semester and for a national search for the next dean of the College of Engineering.

Hines was named dean of the UI College of Engineering on Dec. 27, 1999. He came to the UI from Navistar International Transportation Corporation. Previously, he served as dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Missouri, Columbia.