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University of Iowa News Release

April 27, 2006

Provost To Speak On Challenges To Public Higher Education May 9

University of Iowa Executive Vice President and Provost Michael J. Hogan will deliver his annual Spring Address to the university at 3 p.m. Tuesday, May 9, in the Old Capitol Senate Chamber. Hogan's address, "The Times, They Are A-Changing," will examine the challenges facing public universities today and present his thoughts on how the University of Iowa can prepare to meet these challenges.

Faculty, staff, students, and the general public are invited to attend. A reception hosted by the University of Iowa Foundation will follow the speech. The reception thanks UI faculty and staff for their important contributions of time and resources to the highly successful "Good.Better.Best.Iowa" campaign.

Hogan's address coincides with the UI Foundation's Campaign Victory Celebration May 4-6. Faculty and staff participated in record numbers -- nearly 4,000 gave more than $30 million during the campaign -- and they assisted in other important ways. Many shared their experiences and respect for the UI by speaking to groups of donors and prospective contributors. Many faculty and staff members offered suggestions of alumni and colleagues for the foundation to contact when seeking campaign support.

"Most important, day in and day out, faculty and staff contributed to the success of the campaign by upholding the university's high standards of excellence in teaching, research and service, thereby making and keeping this the type of institution that donors want to support," Hogan said.

A leadership group of faculty and staff organized and coordinated on-campus giving throughout the campaign. The Campus Campaign Steering Committee, chaired by Professor Emeritus Sam Becker, set high goals for participation and exceeded them. A list of committee members can be found at

Hogan began the tradition of an annual spring speech in 2005 as a complement to the President's Annual Keynote, delivered each fall. The two speeches bookend the academic year, sharing vision and enhancing connections between the university's leadership and its faculty, staff and students.

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