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June 6, 2007

Frantz Named Dean Of UI College Of Nursing

Rita A. Frantz, professor in the UI College of Nursing, has been named dean of the college effective July 1, 2007. Frantz succeeds former Dean Melanie C. Dreher, who resigned effective May 31, 2006 to accept the deanship at Rush University College of Nursing in Chicago. Professor Martha Craft-Rosenberg has served as interim dean over the past year.

"Dr. Frantz has a well established national and international reputation as a top scholar," says UI Executive Vice President and Provost Michael J. Hogan. "She's proven her leadership skills in a variety of roles, and she's built an impressive record of success with her involvement in all aspects of the university's mission."

Hogan says Frantz emerged from an excellent pool of candidates for the deanship.

"The search committee did a wonderful job," Hogan says. "We ended up in the enviable though difficult position of having to choose from highly qualified candidates. I'm delighted that Dr. Frantz has agreed to take on this new and most important leadership role."

Hogan also thanked Professor Craft-Rosenberg for stepping up to serve as the interim dean.

"Professor Craft-Rosenberg has done an excellent job at the helm, and I'm so grateful for her willingness to take on that responsibility," he says.

"I'm pleased with the outcome of this search," says UI Interim President Gary Fethke. "Professor Frantz is well known as a scholar, teacher, and administrator, and I have great confidence in her ability to lead the college to even greater distinction."

Frantz's salary will be $199,000, which includes her base salary as a senior member of the faculty, her administrative supplement as dean of the college, and summer compensation.

"The University of Iowa College of Nursing is a highly ranked school with a distinguished faculty and nationally recognized programs of research," says Frantz. "I'm honored to be selected for the deanship and look forward to taking on this exciting new challenge."

David C. Johnsen, dean of the UI College of Dentistry, served as chair of the College of Nursing dean search committee, which strongly endorsed Frantz for the position.

"Professor Frantz has outstanding credentials and is highly respected in the nursing community both within the university and nationally," Johnsen said.

Frantz earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Marycrest College and her M.A. in Nursing and Ph.D. from the University of Iowa. She first joined the faculty of the UI College of Nursing as an instructor in 1972, and joined the tenure track as an assistant professor six years later. She has been a full professor in the college since 1996. Currently Area Chair for Systems and Practice, she has served a total of 12 years as an area of study chair in the college.

Frantz's research program focuses on skin care and chronic wound healing in the elderly and has been supported by more than $2 million in grant funding, including two National Institute of Nursing Research-funded studies on the efficacy of electrical stimulation on the healing of pressure ulcers. She recently completed a National Institutes of Health-funded study of biophysical factors in healing of foot ulcers in diabetics.

Widely sought after as a consultant on management of pressure ulcers and other wounds, Frantz also serves as a clinical associate in nursing and has conducted a wound care clinic at the Iowa Veteran's Home in Marshalltown, Iowa, a long-term care facility. She has served on numerous national health policy panels focusing on improving quality of care for elders.

A member of several professional organizations including the American Geriatric Society and the Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science, Frantz was inducted into the American Academy of Nursing in 1991. She is a past recipient of the UI Collegiate Teaching Award, the Sharon Baranoski Founder's Award for Excellence in Wound Care, the Regents Award for Faculty Excellence, and the Michael J. Brody Award for Faculty Excellence in Service.

An integral part of the University of Iowa health sciences campus, the College of Nursing offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate programs in nursing. Five of the college's programs currently rank among the top ten as compared to public universities across the country, including two -- in the areas of nursing service administration and gerontological/geriatric nursing -- that are ranked at the very top among public universities. In the spring 2007 semester the college enrolled 601 undergraduate students and 313 graduate students.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

CONTACT: UI Executive Vice President and Provost Michael J. Hogan, 319-335-3565