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May 8, 2008

Reisinger steps down as dean of UI International Programs

William Reisinger, associate provost and dean of International Programs, has announced that he will step down from his administrative duties at the end of his three-year term to return to the faculty in the Department of Political Science in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Reisinger has served in this position since July 1, 2005. Before that, he served as interim dean for two years.

"Bill will be missed," said Lola Lopes, interim executive vice president and provost. "He was very effective in moving international programs and globalization to the forefront of the university's mission. He oversaw the successful move from the old International Center to central campus, which provided his programs much higher visibility. He expanded the successful international studies major, developed the strategy by which the university is recruiting international students, and more than doubled scholarship support for study abroad."

Reisinger joined the UI faculty in 1985 and was promoted to full professor in 1996. He has taken a leadership role within UI International Programs since 1997, when he co-wrote a successful application for a $900,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education to create a National Resource Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies. He served as director of the center from 1999 until 2001, when he was named chair of the department of political science in the UI CLAS. He chaired the committee that developed the International Programs Strategic Plan in spring 2000 and is a fellow with the UI Center for Human Rights.

Reisinger earned a master's degree and doctorate from the University of Michigan. He studies democratization in the former Communist states, post-Soviet public opinion and Russian legal orientations. He has written or edited six books, published numerous scholarly articles and taught courses on comparative politics, politics of Russia and Eurasia, and transitions to democracy. He is a member of the American Political Science Association, American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies, International Studies Association and the Midwest Political Science Association.

The Office of the Provost has begun a search for candidates to fill the position.

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

MEDIA CONTACTS: Lola Lopes, Office of the Provost, 319-335-3565,; Linda Kettner, 319-384-0080,