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University of Iowa News Release

June 1, 2005

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Rzonca Named UI Associate Provost And Dean Of Continuing Education

Chet Rzonca has been appointed associate provost and dean of Continuing Education, a position he has filled on an interim basis since summer 2000.

The dean of Continuing Education, who reports directly to UI Executive Vice President and Provost Michael Hogan, administers a variety of programs, including the Center for Credit Programs (Saturday & Evening classes, Guided Independent Study, Distance Education, and the Bachelor of Liberal Studies), Summer and Winter Sessions, Center for Conferences and Institutes, Labor Center, Institute of Public Affairs, University Audiovisual and Video Centers, A. Craig Baird Debate, Summer Writing Festival and Young Writers Workshop.

"Chet has been incredibly active and productive as interim dean," Hogan said. "He stepped up and took a leading role in developing the new strategic plan for distance learning at the three Regent universities, for instance, and he's helped our College of Nursing and School of Social Work to improve and grow their off-campus and evening programs. I'm confident that the Division of Continuing Education will continue to prosper under his leadership."

Rzonca said easier and better student access to quality courses and programs offered in cooperation with the academic colleges has been a major goal under his interim leadership, including refining registration procedures, expanding use of technology in delivery and evaluation of courses, and supporting faculty in developing student learning experiences.

He said he is eager to continue his work, which he calls "an almost perfect opportunity to work with faculty and staff across campus, the other Regent Universities and at other educational institutions, particularly community colleges to extend university expertise to the citizens of Iowa.

"Our colleges have unique quality programs, engaged faculty and supportive leaders willing to try new technology and personal approaches to reach both campus and distant learners in creative ways," he continued. "For example the College of Nursing provides both graduate and undergraduate opportunities across the state and at selected international locations. Similarly the College of Public Health reaches across the state, into nearby regions and to international locations. The Larned A. Waterman Iowa Nonprofit Resource Center helps nonprofit organizations across the state and will also include the Institute for Public Affairs as part of its services. The John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center is refining its Entrepreneurial Certificate for on-line access to students throughout the state, and our Labor Center provides labor education across the state."

Rzonca earned his bachelor's degree at Central Connecticut State University, his master's at Morehead State University and doctorate in vocational technical education from the University of Illinois. Before being tapped as interim dean of Continuing Education, Rzonca served the university in various capacities as a faculty member, program director and department chair in the College of Education. Rzonca's salary will remain $134,246.

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