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University of Iowa News Release

May 18, 2005

Westerhaus Named NCAA Vice President Of Diversity And Inclusion

Charlotte F. Westerhaus, assistant to the president and director of the University of Iowa Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity, will step down this summer to become the National Collegiate Athletic Association's vice president of diversity and inclusion at the NCAA's headquarters in Indianapolis. More information about her new position is available online on the NCAA's website at

Westerhaus has been at the UI since June 2002, overseeing the UI's compliance with affirmative action, equal opportunity laws and civil rights laws and policies.

"Charlotte has been a tremendous leader in diversity and equal opportunity here at The University of Iowa," UI President David Skorton said. "Through her vision and talent, she has been central to the initiatives we have implemented to increase the diversity of our campus community, to create an institutional climate of respect and fairness, and to enhance the cultural richness of our teaching and learning. She has also overseen the transformation of her office into a unit that more adeptly addresses the ever-changing issues facing our campus and our society in the 21st century. We will miss Charlotte greatly, but I look forward to continuing to work with her in her well-deserved new role with the NCAA."

Westerhaus came to the UI from Rockwell Collins, where she has been manager of diversity and equal employment opportunity since May 2001. She was director of affirmative action at Purdue University from 1998-2001 and assistant to the chancellor for equity and diversity at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside from 1996-1998. Before that she worked for four years as an attorney. She has also worked in student services, as assistant dean of students for residence life and judicial affairs at Pomona College from 1987-1989 and as community development coordinator for the University of California-Davis from 1986-1987. She holds a J.D. from Indiana University and a M.Ed. and a B.S. in journalism from Ohio University.

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