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University of Iowa News Release

June 20, 2003

Reisinger Named UI Associate Provost, International Programs Dean

William Reisinger, professor of political science, has been named interim associate provost for academic programs and dean of international programs. Provost Jon Whitmore announced the one-year appointment, effective July 1. Reisinger succeeds Steven Hoch, who left the University of Iowa this month to become dean of the University of Kentucky College of Arts and Sciences.

The associate provost for academic programs is responsible for regular reviews of the colleges and deans, participates in program and departmental reviews and oversees all university accreditation processes. In recognition of the interdisciplinary nature of international academic programs, the associate provost also serves as dean of international programs, working with the provost, other members of the central administration, deans, faculty and staff to coordinate and promote international activities at the UI. Other responsibilities include strategic planning, budget creation and resource allocation through capital planning, development, and legislative and Regent relations. The salary for the associate provost and dean is $117,750.

Whitmore said Reisinger's administrative skills and commitment to interdisciplinary scholarship ensure a strong future for international programs at the UI.

"Bill Reisinger is a top-notch leader and scholar, and he will be an invaluable resource in the provost's office," Whitmore said. "I am confident that international programs will thrive under his direction."

Reisinger joined the UI faculty in 1985 and was promoted to full professor in 1996. He has taken a leadership role within international programs since 1997, when he co-wrote a successful application for a $900,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education to create a National Resource Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies. He served as director of the center from 1999 until 2001, when he was named chair of the department of political science in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. He chaired the committee that developed the International Programs Strategic Plan in spring 2000 and is a fellow with the UI Center for Human Rights.

Reisinger earned a master's degree and doctorate from the University of Michigan. He studies democratization in the former communist states, post-Soviet public opinion and Russian legal orientations. He has written or edited six books, published numerous scholarly articles and taught courses on comparative politics, politics of Russia and Eurasia, and transitions to democracy. He is a member of the American Political Science Association, American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies, International Studies Association and the Midwest Political Science Association.

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