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Feb. 26, 2008

Cohen to serve as interim UI vice president for research

Jordan Cohen, emeritus dean and professor in the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy, will serve as interim vice president for research while a nationwide search is conducted for the position, UI President Sally Mason announced today.

Cohen's appointment is effective April 1. He succeeds Meredith Hay, who was named provost and executive vice president of the University of Arizona on Feb. 22. Hay has served as UI vice president for research since 2005.

"I am grateful that Jordan Cohen has accepted this important role within the university administration," Mason said. "He did a truly outstanding job leading the College of Pharmacy before stepping down as dean last fall, and his research background and administrative experience ensures that the transition from Meredith Hay's departure to the arrival of a new vice president for research will go smoothly."

Mason also praised Hay, saying, "Meredith Hay is a talented teacher, researcher, and administrator, and she will make an excellent provost at the University of Arizona. At Iowa, she has been responsible for many innovations in our research programs and has helped us effectively connect our discoveries to the people of the state. I am happy for her success in achieving this advancement in her career, and we appreciate the great service she has provided our university."

Cohen came to the UI as dean of the College of Pharmacy in 1999, after leading the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy for 11 years. Prior to that he had a 20-year career as a faculty member at the University of Southern California with a funded research program in the area of clinical pharmacology of anticancer and anti-AIDS therapies. In 2006, he announced that he would retire as dean but remain on the UI pharmacy faculty. He stepped down as dean with the arrival of Donald Letendre in September 2007.

As dean, Cohen encouraged stronger faculty research ties with the pharmacy profession and the Iowa Pharmacy Association, and he was active in efforts to expand interdisciplinary research and education programs across the health sciences.

Cohen also worked closely with leaders at the Iowa Department of Economic Development, industry, Iowa State University and the University of Northern Iowa as a part of the initiative spurred by the Battelle report to capitalize on university expertise for the benefit of Iowa. He also co-chaired a task force that reviewed the UI's ability to conduct clinical trials and helped position the UI to successfully compete for a recent NIH Clinical and Translational Science Award.

Under Cohen's leadership, the College of Pharmacy has fostered and maintained a strong research enterprise, from areas of drug discovery and development to clinical aspects of drug therapy research and the pharmaceutical care of patients.

A committee to lead the search for a permanent vice president for research will be appointed later this year, following the completion of the current search to fill the position of executive vice president and provost, Mason said.

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