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University of Iowa News Release

Nov. 10, 2005

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Salome Raheim Appointed Senior Associate To UI President

University of Iowa President David J. Skorton has appointed Salome Raheim, associate professor and director of the School of Social Work in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, to serve as Senior Associate to the President, effective Jan. 3, 2006.

In this new position, Raheim will advise and assist Skorton on a wide variety of projects and initiatives. It is a full-time, two-year appointment that may be renewed.

"Professor Raheim is an excellent teacher and scholar and a seasoned and skilled administrator, and I am very much looking forward to working with her," Skorton said.

As Senior Associate to the President, Raheim will assist with development of presidential initiatives such as the current Year of Public Engagement; research and prepare reports related to requests from the legislature and Board of Regents; review, advise and follow up on initiatives presented to the president by faculty, staff and student groups; review and advise on requests and materials sent by community, state and national organizations; advise on faculty, staff and student committee appointments and the development of charges to these committees; and work closely with members of the President's staff and the vice presidents to support cohesive and responsive operations of the President's Office.

"We are pleased that Professor Raheim has agreed to take on this important role in supporting the president," said Michael Hogan, executive vice president and provost and chair of the search committee. "Her administrative expertise and insight into university operations will be invaluable in the President's Office as the staff works to manage the increasing flow of information."

Raheim was selected based on her experience working with top level collegiate and university administrators, knowledge of university higher education policies, procedures and regulations, commitment to diversity in the educational community, and strong record demonstrating a high degree of judgment, diplomacy and confidentiality.

"Professor Raheim has long been an advocate and an innovator when it comes to supporting and enhancing diversity on campus and within the community," said Phillip Jones, vice president for student services and dean of students. "Working closely with the president will allow her to use her many skills for the benefit of the university as a whole."

Raheim has served as director of the School of Social Work since 1998. Under her direction, the school won a UI Catalyst Award in 2002 for its efforts to retain minority students and faculty and to prepare students for work in a diverse cultural environment. Raheim's teaching areas include social work practice in organizations, communities and multi-cultural contexts. Her scholarship focuses on microenterprise as a social and economic development strategy and organizational cultural competence. Raheim earned a doctorate in communication studies from the UI in 1990. She holds a bachelor's degree from Bowie State College and a master's degree from the Catholic University of America, both in social work.

The salary for the Senior Associate to the President will be $112,810.

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