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Release: June 16, 2000

Ann Rhodes announces return to legal work and teaching at UI

(Editor's Note: President Coleman will be available for comment after 3:30 p.m. Friday.)

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Ann Rhodes, vice president for university relations at the University of Iowa, today announced her decision to return to legal work and teaching.

"I have had the honor and privilege to serve as vice president under two excellent University of Iowa presidents," Rhodes said. "After 10 years, I've chosen to return to my career in legal work and teaching."

"Ann Rhodes has served superbly as the university's first vice president for university relations, setting a high standard for developing positive relationships between the university and its many constituents and friends," said UI President Mary Sue Coleman. "As university spokesperson throughout the 1990s, she served with great integrity and distinction. The university, our community, and the state all owe Ann a great debt of gratitude."

Rhodes, who holds bachelor's and master's degrees in nursing and a law degree, will spend part of her time as associate counsel in the UI Office of the General Counsel. "I am delighted to have the opportunity to work with Ann in another role," said Mark Schantz, UI general counsel. "I have great respect for her knowledge and skill in dealing with university legal issues. She will be a great asset to our organization."

Rhodes also will teach in the UI College of Nursing, where she has had a long relationship, and in the College of Education's program in higher education administration.

"We are fortunate that Ann will work with our faculty in higher education administration," said Sandra Damico, dean of the College of Education. "Her formal background and extensive higher education experience will greatly enhance our program."

Dean of Nursing Melanie Dreher echoed Damico's comments. "As a nurse and lawyer, Ann's presence will benefit both undergraduate and graduate students," Dreher said. "We look forward to her becoming more involved in our college."

Rhodes earned her bachelor of science in nursing degree from the College of St. Teresa and her master's degree in nursing of children from the UI College of Nursing. She has been a nursing practitioner, educator and administrator. She also earned her juris doctor degree with distinction from the UI College of Law.

She served as assistant to the director and legal counsel of UI Hospitals and Clinics from 1983-87, was assistant vice president for finance and university services from 1987-91, and has been vice president for university relations since 1991. She has adjunct faculty appointments in the Colleges of Law and Nursing and teaches the law of intercollegiate athletics.

During the next several weeks, Rhodes will be assisting Coleman and other UI administrators in transition issues.

President Coleman will mount a nationwide search for a new vice president for university relations. Effective July 1, David Skorton, vice president for research, will serve as interim vice president for university relations while continuing his responsibilities as vice president for research.