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University of Iowa News Release

Sept. 1, 2005

Wheaton Will Serve As Special Assistant

Dr. Bruce Wheaton has been appointed Special Assistant to the Vice President for Research as part of his planned phased retirement. Wheaton has served as director of the Technology Innovation Center for more than 20 years and has directed the UI Research Foundation, the Oakdale Research Park and the Oakdale Campus since 1991. 

Under Wheaton's leadership, the UI Research Foundation doubled annual invention disclosures and tripled the number of issued patents and technology licenses and options. During Wheaton's tenure as founding director of the Technology Innovation Center, the program helped nurture nearly 90 start-up companies.

Wheaton's new duties will focus on developing communications strategies related to institutional research while the anticipated phased retirement will provide some latitude to pursue his own scholarly and creative interests.

"We are grateful to Bruce for his years of dedication to helping create benefit from the university's inventions and discoveries," said Vice President for Research Meredith Hay. "We welcome the chance to have his assistance with projects in our office, and we anticipate his background and efforts in the arts and humanities will help to further expand the university's strength in those areas."

Wheaton's professional work for UI began in 1981, the same year he helped Ron Clark and Jody Hovland co-found Iowa City's Riverside Theatre. Wheaton notes that he expects to be able to make a meaningful professional contribution to UI over the next few years but adds, "I'm looking forward to reading, writing, and thinking my own goofy thoughts."

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