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Feb. 4, 2008

Wolff named Carver College Of Medicine associate dean for diversity

Benita D. Wolff has been named associate dean for diversity in the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, effective March 1.

In this senior administrative position, Wolff will advise the collegiate leadership and develop strategies for the recruitment and retention of a diverse medical faculty, staff and student body.

She also will help advance and expand diversity efforts in the research, education and service missions of the college; ensure the college's diversity programs are aligned with collegiate and university strategic plans; collaborate with the college's academic departments, centers and other units to create and evaluate diversity initiatives; develop educational and training sessions for faculty, staff and students to ensure culturally competent working and learning environments; and participate in local, state and national efforts to increase diversity in the health care profession.

"We are extremely pleased Benita Wolff has accepted our offer to join the Carver College of Medicine senior leadership team," said Jean Robillard, M.D., dean of the UI Carver College of Medicine and UI vice president for medical affairs. "It has long been the college's goal to diversify its faculty, staff and students, and Benita will play a key role in achieving that important goal."

Wolff has spent her career in higher education administration, specializing in issues related to diversity, recruitment and retention, and student affairs. She managed diversity and community outreach programs for the Division of Biology and Biomedical Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo. In this role, Wolff developed and implemented strategies to increase the cultural diversity of the division's M.D./Ph.D. and Ph.D programs, and she worked with program directors and admissions committees to identify and recruit exceptional under-represented minority students.

Prior to her position at Washington University, Wolff served as director of graduate recruitment for the University of Arkansas Graduate School in Fayetteville. She also has held administrative positions at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and the University of Toledo in Toledo, Ohio.

Wolff received a master's degree in higher education administration at the University of Toledo and a bachelor's degree in business administration at Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Mo.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5139 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

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