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University of Iowa News Release

June 5, 2006

Photo: Marcella David, head of the newly reorganized Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity. Click here for a high-resolution image. Photo by Kirk Murray, University Relations.

UI Appoints Head Of Reorganized Diversity Office

Executive Vice President and Provost Michael J. Hogan announced today the appointment of Marcella David as head of the newly reorganized Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity (EOD), effective July 1, 2006. Her title will be special assistant to the president for equal opportunity and diversity and associate provost. David has served as interim associate provost for diversity and director of Opportunity at Iowa since 2004 and has held a faculty appointment in the College of Law since 1995.

David was selected for the top EOD position after a search led by Raul Curto, executive associate dean in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, who worked with a committee of faculty, staff, and students. Her annual salary will be $165,000.

EOD was reorganized last fall following discussions among senior administrators and others involved in campus diversity efforts about how to generate more opportunities for synergy among existing diversity programs. EOD's focus has historically been to provide advice, education and services to ensure the university's compliance with equal opportunity laws, regulations and policies, and to provide leadership and resources that support the university's goal to increase diversity among faculty, staff and students. Its mission has now been expanded to include student recruiting and academic development, and the existing student diversity-focused Opportunity at Iowa and Support Service Programs offices have been moved under its purview.

As head of EOD, David will report dually to the UI president and to the executive vice president and provost and will maintain a strong functional relationship to the vice president for student services.

"Reorganizing [EOD] was an important step in positioning the university to make some real progress in the area of diversity," Hogan said. "Now that we've identified a committed and talented leader to take on the new organization, I'm excited to see the real work begin."

David received her B.S. degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1986, and her J.D. from the University of Michigan School of Law in 1989. From 1991 to 1992, she studied human rights and comparative law as a Ford Foundation Fellow in public international law at the Harvard Law School, traveling to Iraq and South Africa to research the impact of economic sanctions in those countries. Prior to joining the UI faculty in 1995 she also clerked for Judge Louis H. Pollak of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania; was a litigation associate at the New York law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton, and Garrison; and taught as a visiting faculty member at the University of Chicago School of Law and at the University of Pennsylvania. She is a member and past chair of the Governing Board of the Worker Rights Consortium, a non-governmental organization that works to ensure that university-logoed goods are manufactured under conditions that respect workers' rights. She is a member of the New York Bar.

David will take over leadership of EOD from Jennifer Modestou, who has served as interim assistant to the president and director of Equal Opportunity and Diversity since the departure of former director Charlotte Westerhaus in August 2005.

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