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Aug. 1, 2007

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Hogan Named President Of The University of Connecticut

The board of trustees of the University of Connecticut has selected University of Iowa Executive Vice President and Provost Michael J. Hogan as University of Connecticut's 14th president.

More information about the appointment is available at

"I am truly happy that Mike Hogan has been offered this wonderful opportunity. He has earned it. I know that he will be a highly successful leader for the University of Connecticut," said University of Iowa President Sally Mason. "Mike leaves a significant legacy at Iowa. He led the effort to create our current strategic plan, 'The Iowa Promise.' He has also led the efforts to increase opportunities for our students through new scholarships, and he has led the efforts to keep us competitive for retaining and recruiting the best faculty. He has done well by the University of Iowa, and on behalf of the entire University, I wish him only the best."

Hogan, a specialist in the history of American diplomacy, has been provost and F. Wendell Miller Professor of History at the UI since May 2004.  He came to the UI from The Ohio State University, where he was executive dean of the Colleges of the Arts and Sciences.  Born and raised in Waterloo, Iowa, Hogan earned his bachelor's degree at the University of Northern Iowa, where he majored in English with minors in history and classics; his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees were conferred by the UI.

For more information about Hogan and his accomplishments during his tenure at Iowa, see  His brief biography and links to his speeches and selected essays can be found at

Hogan is sending the following e-mail to faculty, staff, and students at The University of Iowa today:

Dear Friends and Colleagues:

I'm writing to let you know that I have accepted the presidency at the University of Connecticut, and will start there within the next several weeks.

I'm excited about this new opportunity, and pleased and proud that the University of Connecticut has entrusted me with this most important and challenging role.  As you might expect, though, it's not easy for me to leave Iowa, neither the state that has always been my home, nor the university that I love so dearly. 

In my annual spring speech this past year, I talked about how proud and grateful we should all be that we get to share in the pursuit of excellence, here in this wonderful place-a place built on tradition, community, fairness, and a sense of shared responsibility for the future.  I do indeed take great pride in the long list of remarkable things we've been able to accomplish together over the past three years.  I will forever feel pride and gratitude for having been a part of this community of people "reaching for the stars," as I put it in that speech.  And I will watch with undiminished pride as you continue to reach for the stars. 

Best Wishes,

Mike Hogan

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