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Dec. 12, 2008

Mason named 'Most Influential' by Corridor Business Journal

University of Iowa President Sally Mason has been named the "Most Influential" person for 2008 in the Iowa City/Cedar Rapids area by subscribers of the Corridor Business Journal.

An article about the ranking published in the Monday, Dec. 8 issue says that Mason earned the top spot because the UI is the largest employer in the area, and because the UI's reach -- through its employees, students, vendors and contractors, as well as Mason's decisions -- "have an impact on a staggering slice of the regional economy."

The publication noted that Mason's leadership during and after the June flooding on campus helped elevate her to the top spot. As one subscriber put it, Mason is "a great leader for the corridor who did an excellent job leading during the height of the floods."

Several tasks still lay ahead for Mason in the coming year, including letting Iowans know about the university's strategic priorities.

"I have made a concerted effort to get out within the corridor community as well as across the entire state to share a positive message about the university, which has a long history of offering Iowans opportunities to improve their lives," she said in an interview with the paper. "I hope this is reflected in this recognition."

Mason, who became UI president in August 2007, was ranked the second most influential person in last year's Corridor Business Journal survey. This was the first time since 2005 that a UI leader topped the list; former UI President David Skorton was named "Most Influential" in two surveys.

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