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University of Iowa News Release

Sept. 19, 2005

Skorton To Address Iowa City Area Development Group

University of Iowa President David Skorton will address the Iowa City Area Development Group's annual luncheon. The luncheon, which is open to the public, will be held Wednesday, Sept. 21, at the University Athletic Club, 1360 Melrose Avenue NW, Iowa City.

Skorton's luncheon talk will focus on the university's efforts in economic entrepreneurship, bringing the university's intellectual resources and discoveries into the public arena; and ensuring that the university community and state will integrate well into an increasingly globalized world.

Harry Wolf, chair of the organization's board of directors, will also recognize retiring board member Bruce Wheaton for his longtime service and dedication to the university's entrepreneurial and technology transfer efforts.

Skorton, who became the UI's 19th president in March 2003, has lead the university's economic development efforts for more than a decade. As an active community member, Skorton served on and chaired the Iowa City Area Development Group, and he served on the Cedar Rapids Chamber of Commerce Priority One Advisory Committee and the Technology Corridor Committee. He is also a member of the Iowa Business Council and has served on the Iowa Department of Economic Development Board, the Governor's Life Sciences Advisory Committee and the Iowa Research Council, of which he was president from 1999-2001.

Recently, Skorton declared the 2005-2006 academic year, "The Year of Public Engagement." He is encouraging a new level of effort involving engagement, outreach and service in pursuit of the University's mission, and philanthropic and volunteer activities.

For more information, call the Iowa City Area Development Group at 319-354-3939.

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

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