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Iowa City IA 52242
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Release: June 23, 2000
Parrott is named director of university communications and outreach
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Steve Parrott, who has served as interim director of
university communications and outreach since November 1998, has officially
been named to that position, according to Ann Rhodes, UI vice president of
university relations, who announced last week that she will step down as vice
president July 1.
"I am pleased that I am able to name Steve Parrott as director of university
communications and outreach," Rhodes said. "He has proven himself
a talented administrator, spokesman, communicator, and leader, and I leave
the department of communications and outreach in his very capable hands."
As director, Parrott will provide leadership for a staff of about 30 communications
professionals and support staff and will oversee the functioning of all units
within the department, specifically University News Services, University Publications,
Arts Center Relations, and other university outreach programs. He will provide
communications coordination with the offices of Health Science Relations,
the Joint Office of Communications and Marketing within UIHC, and men's and
women's sports information. He also will serve as a university spokesperson,
as needed, and will be a liaison between the university and its many external
He will earn $90,000.
Parrott, 47, has been at the University of Iowa since 1989 in a number of
communications roles, including associate director of university relations,
assistant director of news in Health Science Relations and associate editor
in University News Services. Formerly he was editor and co-owner of the DeWitt
Observer in DeWitt, Iowa. He received an undergraduate degree from Cornell
College and a master's degree in journalism from the University of Iowa.