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Release: June 25, 1999

Bernard Sorofman is named new university ombudsperson

IOWA CITY, Iowa--Bernard Sorofman, associate professor of pharmacy at the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy, has been appointed to serve a four-year, half-time term as university ombudsperson by President Mary Sue Coleman.

Sorofman’s appointment is effective July 1. The half-time commitment will allow Sorofman to retain his academic appointment in the pharmacy college. Sorofman replaces Lois Cox, clinical professor in the UI College of Law. Sorofman will join the office staffed by ombudsperson Maile Sagen who has been with the office since 1989.

The Office of the Ombudsperson serves as a resource for all those in the university community who require information or help in resolving problems. It serves students, faculty and staff by offering a confidential, neutral and independent dispute resolution service.

Sorofman joined the UI faculty in 1984. Prior to coming to the UI, Sorofman earned a B.S. degree in pharmacy at the University of Oklahoma in 1979 and a Ph.D. degree in social and administrative pharmacy from the University of Minnesota in 1984. Sorofman conducts research in the areas of pharmaceutical care, self care, gerontology and rural health care. He also has a background in anthropology. His first job as a community organizer in a multi-ethnic area in Oklahoma brought him into contact with traditional healers and herbal treatments for illness. That led him to study pharmacy at the University of Oklahoma.

The Office of the Ombudsperson is in Seashore Hall, Room C-108.