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Release: Jan. 23, 2001
UI Vice Provost Sims named dean-in-residence for Council of Graduate Schools
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Les Sims, University of Iowa vice provost and former
dean of the UI Graduate College, has accepted an appointment as dean-in-residence
at the Council of Graduate Schools in Washington, D.C., for 2001-2002. He
will continue to hold a part-time position with the UI, but plans to retire
at the end of the 2001-2002 academic year.
The Council on Graduate Schools is dedicated to the improvement of graduate
education and serves as a communications link among its member institutions,
Congress, the news media, and the general public. As dean-in-residence, Sims
will work with CGS staff to enhance the services provided to graduate deans,
specifically in the area of information services and data. He will also serve
as a CGS liaison to the National Research Council on plans to conduct a new
assessment of U.S. doctoral programs.
"This is a well-deserved capstone to a distinguished career in higher
education and especially in graduate and professional education," said
UI Provost Jon Whitmore. "Whether you look at the National Research Councils
rankings or the rankings compiled by U.S. News & World Report, the University
of Iowa has achieved its goal of having premier graduate and professional
programs in a significant number of areas.
Whitmore added, "Were happy to know that well have an advocate
for the University of Iowa in Washington during Less term as dean-in-residence
for the Council of Graduate Schools."
"After 36 years in academe, the highlight is my time and work at the
University of Iowa," Sims said. "This is a world-class institution,
and it has been a privilege to work here. Im also grateful for the opportunities
Ive had to be the Universitys representative with national constituencies
and agencies. The offer to serve at the Council of Graduate Schools is, I
hope, a validation that my efforts were worthwhile."
Sims has served as vice provost since June of 2000. He was dean of the Graduate
College from 1991 until his appointment as vice provost. He also served as
associate provost for graduate education from 1997 to 2000. Before coming
to the UI, Sims was associate vice chancellor for research at North Carolina
State University. He holds a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Illinois.
He has served on several national committees, including the board of directors
of the Council of Graduate Schools, the Council on Research Policy and Graduate
Education for the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant
Colleges, the National Science Foundation Committee on Minority Programs,
the Committee on Institutional Cooperation, and the Executive Committee of
the Association of American Universities/Association of Graduate Schools.
He also is the current chair of the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools.