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March 11, 2008

Seattle University's Dean Wallace Loh interviews for UI provost March 12 & 13

Wallace D. Loh, dean of the college of arts and sciences, professor of public service, and professor of psychology at Seattle University, will interview for University of Iowa provost on the UI campus Wednesday and Thursday, March 12 and 13.

Loh will participate in two public events. The first is a forum at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Bijou Theater, Room 166 of the Iowa Memorial Union. During the forum Loh will answer questions from a panel of faculty members and the audience.

At 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Loh will appear in a public symposium in the Senate Chamber of Old Capitol. He will speak on "The Primary Challenges Facing Public Research Universities Today," the designated topic for all the finalists. In addition to the public events, Loh will meet individually with UI President Sally Mason, collegiate deans and directors, and staff, faculty and student leaders, among other groups. Each candidate in the search process will follow the same general schedule of meetings and public events.

Before becoming Seattle University's dean of arts and sciences in 1999, Loh was director of policy for Washington governor Gary Locke. He also was vice chancellor for academic affairs and professor of law at the University of Colorado, Boulder, from 1995-97. From 1990-95 he was dean of the University of Washington Law School, professor of law and adjunct professor of psychology.

His other faculty appointments include positions at Cornell University; University of Texas, Austin; Vanderbilt University; Emory University; and Beijing University (China). He worked in law firms in New York and San Francisco.

Loh's main areas of teaching and scholarship are law and social science. He is the author of the textbook "Social Research in the Judicial Process" and many articles in both law and social science journals.

Loh has been president of the Association of American Law Schools and has served on various community boards, including serving as vice president of the Seattle Public Library.

Born in China and raised in Peru, Loh speaks Spanish, Chinese and French, as well as English. He received a bachelor's degree and an honorary Doctor of Laws from Grinnell College and a master's from Cornell University, and he was a research assistant at the Universiteit te Leuven (Louvain, Belgium). His Ph.D. in psychology is from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and his J.D. is from Yale Law School, where he was an editor of the Yale Law Journal.

Loh is the last of five finalists to interview for the position. Detailed schedule information for all of the candidate visits is available online at

Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to complete an online evaluation of each candidate. The evaluation form will be accessible from the provost search Web site at

STORY SOURCE: University Relations, 101 Jessup Hall, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1000.

MEDIA CONTACT: Steve Parrott, University Relations, 319-335-0552 (office), 319-530-6972 (cell),