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Dec. 7, 2003

Senior Academic Officer From New Zealand University Is Third Provost Candidate

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Luanna H. Meyer, a Wisconsin native who is assistant vice chancellor at Massey University in New Zealand, will be on the campus of the University of Iowa Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 8 and 9 to interview for the position of provost, the university's chief academic officer.

Meyer is the third of six finalists for the position who will visit the campus over the next three weeks. Each candidate will participate in two public events, a public forum for taking questions and answers from a faculty panel and a public symposium on the candidate's scholarly activity. Meyer's forum will be from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 8 in the Iowa Memorial Union Iowa Room (#334). Her symposium will be Dec. 9 from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. in W401 Pappajohn Business Building (PBB).

Faculty, staff, students and others who attend the events involving provost candidates are encouraged to share their evaluations with the provost search committee. An evaluation form prepared by the committee is available on the search website at:

Meyer was born in Oshkosh, Wis., and earned her bachelor's degree in history from UW-Madison in 1967 and her master's and doctoral degrees in special education from Indiana University in 1973 and 1976, respectively. She began her academic career as assistant professor of special education at the University of Hawaii, Honolulu (1976-1982). She moved to the University of Minnesota in 1982, where she was associate professor of special education, and then went to Syracuse University in 1984 and was promoted to professor in 1988.

At Hawaii, she began her research on children's social relationships and behavioral challenges with a focus on systems change accommodating children's needs and diversity. At Minnesota, she established the Minnesota Consortium Institute. Among her accomplishments at Syracuse was the establishment of Syracuse's Inclusive Elementary and Special Education program, which replaced a number of separate programs.

By 1997, Meyer's federal research grants totaled over $11 million; she served regularly on grants review panels for the U.S. Departments of Education and Health & Human Services. She was also editor/associate editor of two major journals; published 100 refereed journal articles, books and book chapters; and was an invited speaker in 30 states and several countries, including her first experience in New Zealand -- a six-month endowed professorship at the University of Otago.

Meyer was named pro vice chancellor and professor at Massey University College of Education in 1997, the first person to hold that position at that public university, which enrolls 40,000 students. Her duties included academic leadership, supervising 350 personnel and managing a budget of $25 million. She also had university-wide duties including coordinating Summer School and other initiatives and reviews.

In 2002, Meyer was appointed assistant vice chancellor-academic, similar to provost at an American university. Her responsibilities encompass academic programs across the disciplines plus library, student administration, teaching support, student relations and recruitment and professional development. She also oversees academic accreditation, program reviews, quality assurance, academic audit, teaching quality evaluation and funding of innovations in teaching. In addition, she represents Massey University on the Committee on University Academic Programs and chairs the national university entrance committee.

Her most recent research on higher education issues has led to conference presentations at the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development and an article on "Motivating the professoriate." She has also focused her interests on program evaluation, quality assurance and accreditation processes in the U.S. and internationally.

The provost is the university's chief academic officer. Reporting directly to the university president, the provost is responsible for the supervision of all academic programs, a variety of faculty-related matters (including academic promotion and tenure decisions and faculty advocacy), student academic affairs, and strategic academic planning. The provost communicates on behalf of the university with the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, the governing board for Iowa's three public universities, and with a variety of internal and external constituencies. The provost is a principal participant in collaborative decision-making involving university-wide strategic planning and budget development, management of auxiliary enterprises, health care services and the conduct of research and scholarship.

STORY SOURCE: University Relations, 101 Jessup Hall, Iowa City, Iowa 52242.

MEDIA CONTACT: Steve Parrott, Writer, 319-335-0552,