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University of Iowa News Release

Aug. 29, 2003

Law School Professor Named UI Interim Provost

Patricia A. Cain, professor and associate dean for admissions in the University of Iowa College of Law, will serve as UI interim provost, President David Skorton announced today. Cain's appointment is effective Sept. 1 and will continue until a permanent provost is in place.

Jon Whitmore, UI provost and professor of theatre arts since August of 1996, has been named the sole finalist for the position of president of Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. Whitmore announced his intention to step down a year ago when former UI President Mary Sue Coleman became the president at the University of Michigan. President Skorton named a provost search committee earlier this year.

"It's essential that the academic mission of the university be overseen and represented by a faculty member with a distinguished record of accomplishment in our core missions of teaching, research and service. As I sought input from campus leaders on whom to entrust with that responsibility, Professor Pat Cain was recommended again and again. I'm pleased she has agreed to accept," Skorton said.

"In addition to being an internationally known scholar, she has served the College of Law as associate dean for academic affairs and is now serving the college as associate dean for admissions," Skorton said. "Equally importantly, she is familiar with the Provost's Office, having served as the chair of the faculty committee that conducted the recent review of that office. I have every confidence that she will work well with the associate provosts, deans, vice presidents, faculty, staff and students to continue our forward momentum."

Skorton had words of praise for his departing provost as well. "Jon Whitmore served the university with caring and dedication, and we send our best wishes with him as he begins the next phase of his career as president of Texas Tech. We are grateful for all he has done to promote interdisciplinary studies, to champion funding for our libraries and faculty salaries, and to help us sharpen our strategic focus in difficult economic times."

University faculty leaders also applauded Cain's appointment.

"Professor Cain has the academic credentials, administrative experience and interest in academic diversity that are necessary for academic leadership," said James C. Torner, professor of epidemiology, who is also chair of the Committee on Selection of Central Academic Officials and co-chair of the provost search committee. "Her experience in the review of the Office of the Provost as well as her experience with admissions and academic affairs in the College of Law will provide the university with excellent interim leadership."

" Pat Cain is a colleague I admire and respect enormously," said Margaret Raymond, professor of law and president of the UI Faculty Senate. "She has devoted countless hours to serving the University of Iowa and to working to make it the best it can be. I trust her judgment and her experience, and I look forward to the opportunity to work with her as interim provost."

Professor Cain holds the Aliber Family Chair professorship in the UI College of Law. She earned her bachelor's degree from Vassar College in 1968 and her J.D. degree from the University of Georgia in 1973.

After graduating from law school, she practiced law in Montgomery, Ala., specializing in tax law. In 1974, she joined the faculty of the University of Texas School of Law, where she taught for 17 years. During this period of time she taught as a visiting professor at a number of different law schools, including Wisconsin, Tulane and Southern California. In 1991, she joined the law faculty at the University of Iowa and served as associate dean for academic affairs from 1996 to 1999. She is currently serving as associate dean for admissions.

Cain's teaching and scholarly interests include federal taxation, wills and estates, property, feminist legal history and lesbian and gay legal issues. She served on the board of directors of Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund for seven years and is a past president of the Society of American Law Teachers. She is also a member of the American Law Institute. Recent publications include Rainbow Rights: The Role Of Lawyers And Courts In The Lesbian And Gay Civil Rights Movement (Westview Press 2000) and numerous articles on tax law, feminist legal theory and the rights of unmarried couples.

Cain was named the winner of the Jean Y. Jew Women's Rights Award, which honors a University of Iowa student, staff or faculty member who has demonstrated outstanding effort or achievement in improving the status of women at the University of Iowa. She has also been honored for her teaching, winning the Collegiate Teaching Award from the UI in 1993-94 and the Open Door Award from the Student Bar Association at the University of Texas School of Law in 1990.

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