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University of Iowa News Release

Jan. 21, 2006

Skorton Named President Of Cornell University

University of Iowa President David J. Skorton has been named president of Cornell University in New York. Skorton will assume his new position July 1.

Skorton's wife, Robin Davisson, an associate profesor of anatomy and cell biology, will join Cornell's faculty as well.

Video of Saturday's press conference at Cornell announcing Skorton's selection will be posted on the following Cornell Web page as soon as it's available:

Skorton was named the UI's 19th president in January 2003, succeeding Mary Sue Coleman, who left the university to become president of the University of Michigan.

Skorton has been a faculty member at the UI since 1980.  He was appointed vice president for research in 1992 and named interim vice  president for external relations in July of 2000. He became vice president  for research and external relations in March 2002. In addition, he  holds a joint appointment as professor of internal medicine and professor of electrical and computer engineering and of biomedical engineering.

More information about Skorton's background is available at

Following is an email sent by Skorton today to all UI community formally announcing his resignation, and a link to Cornell University's press release about his hiring there:

Dear members of the University community:

It is with a keen sense of excitement and sadness that we send this message. David has been chosen to become Cornell?s 12th president. At the same time, Robin has accepted joint appointments in the Department of Cell Biology and Genetics in the Weill-Cornell Medical College and in the Department of Biomedical Sciences in the College of Veterinary Medicine.

Our sadness comes from leaving The University of Iowa, which has been our home for most of our professional lives, and from leaving you, who have been our family. You have taught us and nurtured us. You have been our mentors and our friends. You have entrusted us with positions of leadership through which we have done our best to make this University and this community a better place. We are profoundly grateful for everything you have done to make this University the wonderful, humane place that it is. You have enriched our lives beyond repayment. We will miss you, but we know that this excellent university will be sustained by your loyalty and devotion.

With respect and love,

David Skorton, President

Robin Davisson, Associate Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology

View the Cornell University press release announcing Skorton's hiring as president at:

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