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Aug. 28, 2007

Seastrand named to College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Advisory Board

Dean Linda Maxson of the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has announced the appointment of J. Erik Seastrand to the Dean's Advisory Board. Seastrand, who earned a B.A. in communication studies from the UI in 1988, has been appointed to a three-year term, starting with the board's annual meeting Sept. 6 and 7.

After graduating from the UI Seastrand completed law school at Pepperdine Law School, with an emphasis in entertainment law. He entered the talent agency business, working in the celebrity endorsement arena. Currently the vice president of the William Morris Agency in Beverly Hills, Seastrand is responsible for negotiating deals for celebrities in commercial campaigns, both on-camera and voiceover. Seastrand's wife, Jami, earned a B.S. in dental hygiene from the UI in 1989.

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean's Advisory Board is made up of 20 members who work with the dean to advance the college's mission and strategic goals. The board is charged with providing counsel on issues raised by the dean, undertaking projects to benefit the college, and assisting in making contacts with alumni and friends of the college, among other tasks. The board meets annually with the dean and other top administrators in the college. A complete list of board members is online, at

Established in 1900, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is the largest of the UI's 11 colleges, with an enrollment of more than 17,000 undergraduates and 2,250 graduate students. The college seeks to advance scholarly and creative endeavor through leading-edge research and artistic production; to use this research and creativity to enhance undergraduate, graduate and professional education, health care, and other services provided to the people of Iowa, the nation and the world; and to conduct these activities in a culturally diverse, humane, technologically advanced and increasingly global environment.

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