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University of Iowa News Release

Aug. 1, 2005

UI Associate Counsel Mills Named UI General Counsel

Marcus M. Mills, senior associate counsel at the University of Iowa and an alumnus of the UI College of Law, has been named the UI's new general counsel, succeeding Mark Schantz.

"Marc Mills has a proven ability to navigate the complex legal landscape facing public higher education institutions today," said David Skorton, University of Iowa president. "Mark Schantz set very high standards as our general counsel for 13 years, and we believe Marc Mills is the best person to maintain that tradition. Marc has been a creative and consistent source of legal expertise as senior associate general counsel. I look forward to continuing our relationship."

Mills has worked in the UI general counsel's office as associate counsel and senior associate since 1995. Before that he worked as an immigration specialist for UI and has been an adjunct faculty member of the UI College of Law since 1996. He also previously worked as the director of the Legal Reference Service for the National Association of College and University Attorneys in Washington, D.C., and as an attorney in private practice for a firm in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Mills earned his B.S. from Iowa State University and his law degree from UI. He also did additional graduate work in higher education administration at Illinois State University.

Mills will oversee a staff of five attorneys that provide legal services on issues facing the University of Iowa, its colleges and departments. The office also helps develop policies, practices and procedures that reduce the risk of legal problems, and provide legal counsel, representation, interpretation and analysis on a broad array of issues.

"Marc's outstanding educational and professional background leaves him well equipped to serve the university as its general counsel and help us to maintain our position as one of the country's leading public universities," said Michael Hogan, UI executive vice president and provost, who chaired the general counsel search committee.

Mills will assume his new position immediately at an annual salary of $197,000. He will be the UI's second general counsel, replacing Schantz, who was appointed by then-president Hunter Rawlings in 1992. Schantz will rejoin the faculty of the UI College of Law this fall.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Service, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

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