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Oct. 1, 2007

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Rocklin named University of Iowa vice provost

Thomas R. Rocklin, senior associate provost for undergraduate education and dean of the University College, has been named vice provost at the University of Iowa, effective today, Monday, Oct. 1. He will retain the title and responsibilities of dean of the University College.

Rocklin, a professor of psychological and quantitative foundations in the UI College of Education, served as interim associate provost for two years before being named associate provost for undergraduate education and dean of the University College in 2006. "Senior" was added to his title in spring 2007 in recognition of additional duties he accepted upon the departure of former Vice Provost Patricia Cain. His appointment as vice provost officially recognizes his responsibility to represent the Office of the Provost when the provost is unable to do so.

Rocklin previously served as founding director of the UI Center for Teaching and as chair of psychological and quantitative foundations from 2001 to 2004. He holds master's and doctoral degrees in psychology from Northwestern University and a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of California at Berkeley.

"Tom has served the Office of the Provost, the university, and especially our students with distinction," says Lola Lopes, interim executive vice president and provost. "He's the person I'll count on to represent the office in my absence, and I'm grateful that he has accepted this responsibility."

Rocklin will continue to oversee UI academic support services: the Office of Admissions, the Office of the Registrar, the Academic Advising Center, Student Financial Aid, the Center for Teaching, and Evaluation and Examination Services. He also oversees the credit-generating units that fall under the University College umbrella, including the Honors Program, College Transition, Career Center Programs, study abroad, and ROTC programs. There will be no change in the terms of his current appointment.

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

MEDIA CONTACTS: Lola Lopes, Office of the Provost, 319-335-3565,; Charles S. Drum, University News Services, 319-384-0048,