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Release: June 11, 2002

(Photo: Jonathan Carlson)

Law professor Carlson is recommended as presidential search committee chairman

President Owen J. Newlin, Board of Regents, State of Iowa, announced today his recommendation for the chair of the University Presidential Search and Screen Advisory Committee at the University of Iowa. The appointment will be a part of a formal process for the selection of a new president to be presented to the Regents for approval at their meeting on June 20 in Ames.

"This is a joint decision reached as a result of direct consultation with and the full concurrence of Jeffrey Cox, the president of the University of Iowa Faculty Senate. We are recommending Jonathan C. Carlson, University of Iowa professor of law, as Search and Screen Advisory Committee chair," stated Newlin.

Carlson has been on the faculty at Iowa's College of Law since 1983. His teaching assignments include various aspects of international law, as well as commercial and criminal law. His scholarly work focuses on topics in international environmental law and international trade law. Carlson is a graduate of the University of Chicago School of Law. Prior to joining the University of Iowa faculty, he was clerk to a U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge, an associate with a prominent Washington, D.C. private legal firm, and an adjunct professor at the Catholic University of America.

Selection of the remaining members of the search and screen advisory committee on the campus, as well as selection of a search firm to manage the entire process through final selection of the next University of Iowa president by the Board of Regents will be the next steps in the process according to Greg Nichols, Regents executive director. The goal is to work on those two steps in the next few weeks in order for recommendations to be presented to the Board at its July meeting in Cedar Falls.

University of Iowa President Mary Sue Coleman will be stepping down Aug. 1. It was announced last week that Willard L. “Sandy” Boyd, a professor of law and former university president, will be asked to serve as interim president from that date forward until the selection process is complete and a new president is on campus.

For more information, call Greg Nichols, executive director, at 515-281-6531. More details on the proposed search process will be available in the Board of Regents docket materials, to be available on the web at 11 AM Wednesday, June 12 at