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Dec. 3, 2007

Mason to be installed as UI president at Hancher on Sunday, Dec. 9

UI President Sally Mason will be installed as the 20th president of the University of Iowa at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9 in Hancher Auditorium. Mason, who assumed the UI presidency Aug. 1, will be recognized at the formal ceremony by government officials, dignitaries, university representatives and guests from around the state and nation.

The public is invited, and tickets are not required for the event. A reception, featuring light refreshments, will be held in the Hancher lobby immediately following the installation. Lobby doors will open at 2:15 p.m., with doors to the house opening at 2:30 p.m.

The ceremony will feature remarks by UI President Emeritus Willard "Sandy" Boyd; President Pro Tem of the Board of Regents, State of Iowa David Miles; Iowa Lt. Gov. Patty Judge; President Emeritus of Purdue University Martin Jischke; UI Presidential Search Committee Chair and Dean of the College of Dentistry David Johnsen; and UI Faculty Senate President Victoria Sharp; as well as participation by Barrett Anderson, president of UI Student Government; Crystal Edler, chair of the Executive Council of Graduate and Professional Students; and Kathy Klein, president of staff council.

Music will be provided by three groups: The Maia Quartet, the professional string quartet-in-residence at the UI; University Voices of Soul, a UI student choir dedicated to the African-American musical heritage; and Intersection, a UI men's a cappella student group.

The traditional installation ceremony recognizes university presidents as leaders and stewards charged with the well being of the university and its people. In addition, it serves to unite the UI academic community around common values of inquiry, diversity, respect and engagement. During the ceremony, Mason will be presented with and don the Presidential Medallion, a symbol traditionally worn by the university president at all formal academic ceremonies. The gold and topaz piece was designed and cast by silversmith Karen Cantine in 1965 as part of the work for her master's degree.

In addition to being president, Mason holds a full professorship with tenure in the UI Department of Biological Sciences in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Prior to becoming UI's president, she served as provost of Purdue University from 2001 to 2007, and before that was dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Kansas, where she served as an administrator and taught for 21 years.

MEDIA ADVISORY: All media are asked to come to the northwest lobby door by 2:45 p.m., where they will be credentialed and escorted to a designated media area. Photographers will not be allowed to set up additional lighting and will be required to shoot from the space designated. A mult box will be available.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Service, 300 Plaza Centre One, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACT: Linda Kettner, University Relations,, 319-384-0030