CONTACT: MARY SUE COLEMAN
5 Old Capitol
Iowa City IA 52242
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
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Ann Rhodes, vice president for university relations at
the University of Iowa, today announced her decision to return to legal work
"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
"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
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.