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April 13, 2010

Myers, second candidate for UI Chief Diversity Officer, to speak at forum April 14

Eveadean Myers, J.D., vice president for equity, diversity and global outreach at North Dakota State University, is the second of five people coming to the University of Iowa this month as candidates for the position of Chief Diversity Officer (CDO) and Associate Vice President (AVP).

Myers will visit campus Wednesday and Thursday, April 14 and 15. During a forum at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Room 337 of the Iowa Memorial Union, she will speak on “Why Diversity is Important in Higher Education and at Iowa.”

Three additional candidates for this position will be visiting campus April 19-20, April 22-23 and April 26-27. The remaining public presentations are scheduled for:

10 a.m. Monday, April 19, 2520D University Capitol Center
10 a.m. Thursday, April 22, 351 Iowa Memorial Union
10 a.m. Monday, April 26, 2520D University Capitol Center

Further information about each candidate will be released prior to his or her visit.

In her current role at North Dakota State University, Myers reports directly to the president and provides overall leadership for diversity efforts on the NDSU campus, including coordinating the application of equal opportunity and affirmative action policies. Prior to accepting a position at NDSU, Myers served for 10 years as associate director of the Office of Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity, and Diversity at Iowa State University. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Iowa State University and her J.D. degree from the University of Iowa College of Law.

The search is being co-chaired by Keri Hornbuckle, professor and chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in the UI College of Engineering, and Mettie Thomopulos, health services administrator in the UI Department of Internal Medicine.

At the UI, the CDO/AVP leads and coordinates the university’s efforts in all aspects of diversity, inclusion, educational and employment equity, affirmative action, cultural understanding and competency, and civil and human rights. As CDO, the individual reports to the president and is a member of the president’s cabinet. As AVP, the individual reports to the executive vice president and provost, is a member of the provost’s cabinet, and sits on the Council of Deans.

For more information on the search and on Dodge, visit

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