CONTACT: STEVE PARROTT
5 Old Capitol
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-0552; fax (319) 335-0558
Release: March 30, 2001
President Coleman announces changes in administrative reporting relationships
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University organizations that formerly reported to the
vice president for university relations have been reassigned, President Mary
Sue Coleman announced today. The reassignments come in the wake of Colemans
decision to suspend the search for a new vice president for external relations
as part of the UIs effort to deal with a proposed 6 percent reduction
in state appropriations for fiscal year 2001-02.
As was announced last summer, the UI athletics department now reports to
Coleman through the general counsel. As previously announced, the formerly
separate mens and womens athletic programs have been merged into
a unified program under a single director of athletics.
The Old Capitol Museum will report to the vice president for student services,
while the UI Alumni Association will report to Coleman through the vice president
for student services.
Three other organizations will now report to the vice president for research:
University Communications and Outreach (which will be renamed University Relations),
Health Science Relations, and Broadcasting Services. Health Science Relations,
which provides media relations and publications for the five health science
colleges, also reports to the dean of the College of Medicine.
Broadcasting Services includes radio stations WSUI and KSUI, UITV, campus
video systems, and video services.
University Relations includes Arts Center Relations, University News Services,
Outreach and Special Projects, Publications, and Campus Communications.
"I continue to believe that we need a vice president for external relations,"
Coleman said. "However, the proposed reduction in state appropriations
for the next fiscal year is the largest single cut we have ever faced, so
I have reluctantly agreed to suspend that vice presidential search for two
"In the meantime, it is important to establish new reporting relationships
so that the people in these vital offices can continue their work," she
added. "Likewise, its important for the university community to
know these reporting relationships so they can have a clear idea of each offices
role and responsibilities. I am confident that, in the hands of our senior
university leadership, we will continue to make progress in these critical
areas of strategic communications."