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University of Iowa News Release

Feb. 10, 2004

Boyd Named Interim Director Of UI Museum Of Natural History

Phillip E. Jones, University of Iowa vice president for student services, has announced the appointment of Willard L. "Sandy" Boyd (left) as interim director of the UI Museum of Natural History (UIMNH), effective immediately.

Boyd will initiate a planning effort to advance the role of UIMNH as a leader in the state in environmental education and have the museum serve as a public window for UI departments and programs engaged in environmental research and teaching. He said that he is also eager to work with the department of anthropology in charting the cultural dimensions of the museum in exploring the role of people and their cultures, including their interaction with the natural world.

The Museum of Natural History, second oldest in the United States west of the Mississippi River, was established in 1858, when the Iowa General Assembly directed the university to house specimens from the State Natural History and Geological Survey in a cabinet of natural history to be located in the Old Capitol building.

Boyd is president emeritus of the University of Iowa and of the Field Museum of Chicago. He is the Rawlings-Miller Professor of Law and directs the Iowa Nonprofit Resource Center. He is currently a member of the Department of State Cultural Property Advisory Committee and serves on the board of National Art Strategies. He is a former chair of the National Museum Services Board.

In announcing the appointment, Jones said, "We are extremely pleased and honored that Sandy has agreed to lend his considerable expertise to the planning and direction of the museum."

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