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University of Iowa News Release

April 25, 2006

University Initiates Search For Diversity Director

The University of Iowa has begun its search for a new leader for the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity (EOD) who will reorganize much of the university's diversity efforts into a single office.

President David Skorton announced the next senior assistant to the president for equal opportunity and diversity will hold a two- to three-year appointment and will lead the reorganization of the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity, including the Office of Support Service Programs, Opportunity at Iowa and the Faculty Diversity Opportunities Program. He said the vice president for student services and the provost's office will also participate in the reorganization.

EOD's focus in the past had been on recruiting new minority faculty and staff members to the university, and on ensuring compliance with state and federal equal opportunity laws. Its mission will expand to include student recruiting and academic development with the addition of Opportunity at Iowa and Special Support Services. Opportunity at Iowa helps to recruit minority students to the UI and works with other university organizations to create a supportive, welcoming and inclusive environment. Special Support Services promotes educational opportunities for underserved students from diverse backgrounds to provide the skills they need to meet their academic goals.

Skorton said the new director will come from the current UI faculty and begin his/her duties on July 1. Raul Curto, associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, will lead the search committee.

The position has been filled on an interim basis by Jennifer Modestou since former director Charlotte Westerhaus left in June 2005.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Service, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Raul Curto, 319-335-3994,; Writer: Tom Snee