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University of Iowa News Release

Nov. 2, 2004

Schantz To Resign As UI General Counsel

Mark E. Schantz, who has been University of Iowa General Counsel since 1992, announced today that he will resign from that position effective June 30, 2005, and will begin a phased retirement program by rejoining the faculty at the UI College of Law as a lecturer.

A search committee will be named soon with the aim of recommending a successor prior to Schantz's departure from the office, UI President David Skorton said. A faculty and staff committee chaired by UI Professor of Law David Baldus is currently reviewing the Office of the General Counsel, and that committee's report, which is expected soon, will be helpful in informing the search process, the UI President said.

"Mark Schantz has been a consummate citizen of the University, our community, and the entire state," Skorton said. "He has done a superb job as the University's top legal authority, but he is also a man whose wisdom and integrity have strengthened the University in countless other ways. It has been a pleasure to have him as a colleague in the central administration, and to have the benefit of his expertise and experience."

"The College of Law is pleased to welcome Mark Schantz back after many years away in private practice and in service to the state of Iowa and the University," said Carolyn Jones, dean and Wendell F. Miller professor of the College of Law. "He brings the depth of all those experiences and a stellar academic background. We are looking forward to the classes he will teach here and his participation as a colleague."

Schantz was appointed General Counsel in 1992 by then President Hunter R. Rawlings, after serving a period on an interim basis. In addition to heading the University's legal office and serving on the UI vice presidents group, he served on a number of high-level committees, including the recent provost search committee and the General Education Fund task force.

An attorney with an academic background and broad experience in business, constitutional and administrative litigation, Schantz was previously a partner at Dickinson, Mackaman, Tyler & Hagen, P.C., in Des Moines. Before entering private practice, he was Solicitor General (1979-1982) in the Iowa Attorney General's Office and a faculty member in the UI College of Law (1969-1978).

As a UI faculty member, Schantz served as chair of the Board in Control of Athletics, vice chair of the Faculty Senate, president of the local chapter of Phi Beta Kappa and chair of Student Publications, Inc. He has also served for many years as Secretary of the Iowa Rhodes Scholarship Selection Committee.

He received his B.A. degree from the UI in 1963, was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University from 1963-1965, and received his L.L.B. degree from Yale Law School. In 1968-69, he served as law clerk to Chief Judge Frank M. Johnson, Jr., in the Middle District of Alabama.

Schantz's areas of special interest include litigation, constitutional law, federal and state civil rights and administrative law, employment law and alternate dispute resolution.

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