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University of Iowa News Release

Aug. 29, 2005

UI Provost Hogan Announces Staffing, Administrative Changes

A number of recent appointments and adjustments in staff responsibilities within the University of Iowa central administration are part of a series of structural and administrative changes in the Office of the Provost. UI Executive Vice President and Provost Michael Hogan said the changes will make his office more effective.

To separate the administrative and academic functions of units within the Office of the Provost, a new organizational unit has been created in the University's accounting system to house the credit-generating units and programs that roll up under the "University College," which is managed by Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education Lola Lopes. Associate Provost Lopes's title will be changed to include "dean" in recognition of her ongoing and increasing responsibilities related to academic programs. The University College will continue to administer academic credit for a number of existing programs, including, for example, College Transition, Online at Iowa, Career Center programs and study abroad. Effective July 1, administration of the aerospace military studies and military science programs along with the Honors Program shifted from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences to the University College. 

In addition, President Skorton has transferred three units to the Office of the Provost. These include the International Writing Program, the University of Iowa Press and the Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Program. These changes recognize the academic focus of the units being moved.

The Office of the Associate Provost for Health Sciences has been dissolved, and Christopher Squier, interim associate provost for the health sciences, has returned to the College of Dentistry as associate dean and professor of oral pathology, radiology and medicine. Assistant to the Provost Ann Rhodes will continue her role as Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Officer, and will take on other duties within the office. The functions once performed by the AP for Health Sciences will be transferred to other APs, as appropriate, and remaining staff members have been reassigned accordingly.

"Chris Squier and his staff have done great work, and I'm grateful for all they have accomplished," Hogan said.

Hogan said his expanded personal involvement in all aspects of the health sciences has eliminated the need for a separate office devoted to advising him on matters related to the health sciences. In addition, Dennis M. Domsic, associate vice president in Finance and Operations, will contribute 50 percent of his time to the Provost's Office, where he will work on matters related to the health sciences. Domsic's assignment solidifies the growing partnership in this area between Provost Hogan and Vice President Doug True.

Other key appointments announced recently include:

* Steven R. Fleagle, associate vice president and chief information officer

* Susan R. Johnson, M.D., associate provost for faculty

* John S. Nelson, director of the Honors Program

* William M. Reisinger, associate provost and dean of international programs

* Chet Rzonca, associate provost and dean of Continuing Education

Thomas R. Rocklin, who has served as interim associate provost for the past year, will continue in that capacity with new responsibilities. He will monitor strategic initiatives related to undergraduate education, including a review of the general education curriculum; the upcoming accreditation evaluation by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, which will have a special emphasis on undergraduate education; and initiatives related to service learning and civic engagement.

Don Szeszycki, assistant provost, has been named associate vice president in recognition of his enhanced responsibilities and oversight of university-wide collegiate and academic resource and reallocation and his enlarged role in university-wide data management and reporting. He will report to Hogan in Hogan's role as executive vice president.

Lisa L. Troyer, associate professor of sociology, has joined the Provost's Office half time as an administrative fellow to assist with special projects.

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

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