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University of Iowa News Release

May 14, 2003

Skorton Announces Further Reorganization, Names Provost Search Committee

University of Iowa President David Skorton today announced the members of a committee to conduct the search for a new provost as well as changes in the duties of the provost and the vice president for finance and university services. The announcement is another in a series of reorganization efforts Skorton has undertaken since assuming the presidency of the university March 1.

The new provost will succeed Jon Whitmore, who announced last August that he would step down following the selection of a new president. Whitmore has served as provost and professor of theater arts since August 1996.

Here is a rundown of the changes Skorton announced:

• The 19-member provost search committee will be co-chaired by James C. Torner, professor and head of epidemiology and chair of the Committee on Selection of Central Academic Officials; and Kate Gfeller, F. Wendell Miller Distinguished Professor in the school of music and the department of speech pathology and audiology. The search committee will develop a list of qualifications for the position, seek applications and nominations, review applicants, arrange for finalists to come to campus for interviews, provide evaluations of the finalists, and submit up to five names to Skorton, who will make the final decision on the new provost, subject to approval by the Board of Regents, State of Iowa.

• Both the provost and the vice president for finance and university services will be given additional duties. Also, the title of vice president for finance and university services will be changed to vice president for finance and university operations and treasurer, pending approval by the Board of Regents.

• The provost and vice president for finance will jointly initiate the university's annual budget planning process. In doing so, they will consult with the vice presidents group, collegiate deans, with the faculty and staff budget committee, and with student leaders. The provost will assume oversight of Information Technology Services, with the assistance of the vice president for finance and university operations. ITS currently reports to the vice president for research. The provost and vice president for finance also will have critical roles as communications links with the Board of Regents, State of Iowa and its office on operational issues.

• Douglas K. True, who has served as the vice president for finance and university services since 1991, will continue in that position with the new title and new responsibilities. In addition to the duties to be shared with the provost, True will assist the president with intercollegiate athletics. In recognition of the new responsibilities, True's annual salary will be $240,000, which will raise it to approximately the average for Big Ten finance officers.

• In his role to assist the president with intercollegiate athletics, True will convene a committee that will meet at least quarterly to review athletics operations. The committee will include Skorton and Athletic Director Robert Bowlsby as well as Jane Meyer, senior associate athletic director; the chair of the Board in Control of Athletics, a position now held by professor Nicholas Colangelo; the NCAA faculty representative, a position now held by professor Elizabeth Altmaier; Phillip Jones, vice president for student services; Charlotte Westerhaus, director of affirmative action and Title IX coordinator; and Mark Schantz, general counsel.

Other members of the provost search committee are as follows:

* Alexzandra Caldwell, undergraduate student
* Virginia Dominguez, professor of anthropology
* Claiborne I. Dungy, professor of general pediatrics
* Scott Elliott, instructional designer, Consultation & Research Medical Education
* Rita Frantz, professor of nursing
* Alice Fulton, professor of biochemistry and director of the UI Honors Program
* N. William Hines, dean of the College of Law
* Joe Kearney, professor of computer science
* Linda Kerber, professor of history
* Laura Frey Law, graduate student in physical rehabilitation science
* Teresa Mangum, associate professor of English
* Kimberly B. Marra, associate professor of theatre arts
* Robert L. Mutel, professor of physics and astronomy
* V.C. Patel, professor of mechanical engineering
* Debra Paul, project assistant, College of Law
* Mark Schantz, general counsel
* Steve Thunder-McGuire, associate professor of curriculum and instruction

STORY SOURCE: University Relations, 101 Jessup Hall, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1000.

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