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University of Iowa News Release

July 15, 2003

Search Committee Appointed For New UI Law School Dean

UI Provost Jon Whitmore has appointed a 12-member search committee to find a new dean for the UI College of Law, replacing N. William Hines, who will end his 28-year tenure as law school dean in 2004.

The committee consists of eight law school faculty members, one law school administrative staff member, one law school alumnus, one law student and one dean from another UI college.

"Selecting the next dean is the single most important task that the College of Law community faces over the next several months," said Whitmore. "The college has been blessed with outstanding deans throughout its history and I am confident that this search committee will succeed in bringing a wonderful new dean to the College of Law."

The committee consists of the following members:

Adrien Wing, committee chair
Randall Bezanson
Patricia Cain
Ann Estin
Herbert Hovenkamp
Mark Janis
Todd Pettys
Barbara Schwartz

Mary Ann Nelson, librarian, law library

Melvin Shaw, second-year law student

Carroll Reasoner, partner in the Cedar Rapids law firm of Shuttlesworth & Ingersoll

Melanie Dreher, dean, College of Nursing

Alternates (non-voting)
Nancy Jones, director, UI College of Law Writing Center
Jason Smith, second-year law student

Recommendations for the committee were made to Whitmore during a planning process led by David Baldus, professor of law.

The committee will formally advertise the position later this summer and begin meeting early in the fall semester. Interviews with finalists will be held during the fall with a new dean selected by February 2004.

Hines will retire as current dean effective June 30, 2004. A UI law professor since 1962, Hines has been dean since 1976. He is currently the longest-serving dean of any U.S. law school, and his 28-year tenure will be the longest in the history of the UI College of Law.

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