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Release: Nov. 14, 2002
Board Of Regents Approves New VP Responsibilities, Title For Kelch
The Board of Regents, State of Iowa has approved additional responsibilities
and a new job title for University of Iowa Vice President Robert P. Kelch,
M.D. Kelch, who has been vice president for statewide health services since
2001, will now serve as vice president for health affairs.
UI Hospitals and Clinics Director and CEO Donna Katen-Bahensky will continue
to report to Kelch in his revised position. The incoming dean of the UI Roy
J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, Jean E. Robillard, M.D., will
report jointly to Kelch and to the UI provost.
Kelch's new duties include coordination of strategic planning, fund raising
and capital planning for the entire health sciences campus, which includes
the Colleges of Dentistry, Nursing, Pharmacy and Public Health, and the University
Hygienic Laboratory (UHL), as well as the UI Carver College of Medicine and
UI Hospitals and Clinics.
"I am extremely pleased that Dr. Kelch has agreed to take on these
important duties," said UI Interim President Willard L. Boyd. "Bob's
leadership will be critically important to the university's efforts in fostering
economic development and providing better health care in our state. He is
blessed with knowledge, experience, vision and an incredible capacity for
work - abilities that will serve the university and the state well as
we address the challenges ahead of us."
Boyd said the change in title was made to more accurately reflect Kelch's
"Each of the seven units within the health sciences campus is engaged
in many interdisciplinary activities, both within the university and across
the state," Boyd said. "Dr. Kelch's leadership will ensure that
we use our resources effectively and efficiently."
In collaboration with Vice President for Research and External Relations
David J. Skorton, M.D., Kelch will oversee the UHL and the Office of Health
Science Relations. The hygienic laboratory currently reports to Skorton, and
Health Science Relations reports jointly to Skorton and to the dean of medicine.
"Bob Kelch has a tremendous list of accomplishments as dean of the
medical school," Skorton said. "Our hygienic laboratory will play
an increasingly important role in the state and in the region on homeland
security issues. Bob's vision, wisdom and experience will be of utmost importance
as the hygienic laboratory assumes a higher profile."
Kelch will continue to co-chair with the provost the UI Health Sciences
Policy Council, which consists of the deans of dentistry, medicine, nursing,
pharmacy and public health, the directors of UI Hospitals and Clinics and
the UHL, and the associate provost for health sciences.
Kelch will also work with the vice president for finance and university
services and the deans of the health science colleges in budget planning.
He is charged with establishing and maintaining close relationships with university,
state, federal, corporate, public and professional constituents who affect
issues relating to the health sciences campus, including homeland security.
Last December, Kelch announced he would step down as dean of the UI Carver
College of Medicine to concentrate on his duties as vice president. He will
continue to serve as dean until Feb. 1, 2003, at which time Robillard will
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