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Release: April 7, 2003

UI College of Public Health Appoints New Board Members

The University of Iowa College of Public Health has appointed seven leaders from the business, academic and health care communities to its board of advisors and will welcome the new members at the board's spring meeting on April 8.

The new board members are: John Connett, Ph.D., professor and head, division of biostatistics, University of Minnesota School of Public Health; Mary Mincer Hansen, Ph.D., director, Iowa Department of Public Health; David Lyons, director of business development, Iowa Farm Bureau Federation; Richard Mark, vice president of energy delivery-customer services, Ameren Corporation; Kirk Norris, president/CEO, Iowa Hospital Association; Ronald Ross, M.D., professor and the Flora L. Thornton Chair in Preventive Medicine, University of Southern California; and Raymond Webster, M.D., second vice president and medical director, Principal Financial Group.

"We are grateful to these distinguished individuals for their interest and commitment to our College of Public Health," said Lawrence D. Prybil, Ph.D., professor and associate dean for external relations in the UI College of Public Health. "The board of advisors has provided invaluable advice and counsel in every facet of our college's mission."

Founded in 1999, the UI College of Public Health Board of Advisors consists of 25 individuals representing a broad cross-section of expertise, and includes leaders from academe, business, community health, government, health care, and labor. The board of advisors meets biannually in Iowa City to discuss key issues and opportunities that affect the College of Public Health, and offers input and advice to the collegiate leadership team.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa College of Public Health Office of Communications, 4257 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242.

CONTACT: Debra Venzke, (319) 335-9647,

PHOTOS: Photos of the new College of Public Health Board of Advisors members are available for downloading at