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Release: Oct. 11, 2000

UI medical dean to assume additional responsibilities Jan. 1

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University of Iowa President Mary Sue Coleman announced today that Robert Kelch, dean of the University of Iowa College of Medicine, will become Vice President for Statewide Health Services, succeeding John Colloton, who is retiring.

Pending approval by the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, Kelch will assume his new duties Jan. 1, 2001. The Board of Regents is expected to consider the appointment during its Oct. 18-19 meeting in Ames.

In his new position, Kelch will work with the deans of the other UI health science colleges -- dentistry, nursing, pharmacy and public health -- on common issues such as health care delivery coordination, facilities development planning and fund-raising. As vice president for statewide health services, Kelch will also co-chair the UI Health Sciences Policy Council with UI Provost Jon Whitmore. The council is a coordinating body including the deans of the health science colleges and the directors of UI Hospitals and Clinics and the UI Hygienic Laboratory.

The new vice president will continue his duties as dean of the College of Medicine and as co-managing partner of the University of Iowa Health Care with R. Edward Howell, CEO of UI Hospitals and Clinics. As managing partners of UI Health Care, both Kelch and Howell will report to Coleman.

Kelch and the other health science college deans, along with the deans of the other UI colleges, will continue to report to Whitmore on academic matters, including faculty appointments and salaries, promotion and tenure, curriculum, allocation of general education funds, and strategic planning.

"I am pleased that Dean Kelch has agreed to take on this very important role for the university," said UI President Mary Sue Coleman. "Bob is the ideal person to lead this effort. He has demonstrated superb leadership and stewardship in the College of Medicine; he has been actively involved in statewide health issues; and he played a pivotal role in establishing our new College of Public Health."

"I welcome Dean Kelch as co-chair of the Health Sciences Policy Council," said Whitmore. "He has so much to contribute toward the coordination of important issues such as patient care, health care delivery, and disease prevention."

The Office of the Vice President for Statewide Health Services was established in July 1993 to create a high-level university staff initiative focused on the study of health care reform and its implications for academic health centers. The mission of the office is to serve as an advisor to the president of the university on matters of health policy.

Kelch was appointed dean of the University of Iowa College of Medicine on Aug. 15, 1994. Prior to coming to the UI, he served as professor and chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Michigan School of Medicine and physician-in-chief at C.S. Mott Children's Hospital. While at Michigan, he also served as assistant dean for clinical affairs and chief of clinical affairs at University of Michigan Hospitals.

A native of Wayne, Mich., Kelch earned his bachelor's degree from Monteith College of Wayne State University in Detroit and his medical degree from the University of Michigan Medical School in 1967. He is internationally known for his research in pediatric endocrinology, which has been funded by the National Institutes of Health for more than 20 years. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine, serves on numerous national committees and boards and is active in many academic and professional medical societies.

Colloton has served as vice president for statewide health services since 1993. Prior to that, he served for 23 years as director of UIHC and assistant to the university president for statewide health services. Colloton was inducted into the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences in 1987. In 1990, he received the Distinguished Service Award from the American Hospital Association.