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Release: Nov. 5, 1999

IWP to return to extended residency program, to remain under Skorton

IOWA CITY, Iowa - The University of Iowa International Writing Program (IWP) will return to an extended residency program and will remain permanently under the supervision of the Office of the Vice President for Research, UI President Mary Sue Coleman and Provost Jon Whitmore announced today.

The president and provost also announced that the IWP will be provided with sufficient general fund support to run the core program and said the IWP will be part of the comprehensive fund-raising campaign.

Vice President for Research David Skorton said his first order of business will be to appoint a search committee to seek a new director for the IWP and to consult with the IWP Advisory Committee in planning for next year's program.

Coleman and Whitmore made their decision after reviewing the report of a special task force on the future of the IWP and a resolution by the UI Faculty Senate. They also consulted with the President's Council on Strategic Implementation, a standing strategic planning group including faculty and staff as well as Coleman's vice presidents.

"Provost Whitmore and I appreciate all the hard work and careful consideration that went into the report by the Task Force and the resolution adopted by the Faculty Senate," Coleman said. "Their recommendations have helped us craft a blueprint for the IWP's future that recognizes our heritage as a center of international writing.

"We are especially pleased that there is unanimous agreement that the program should be housed in the Office of the Vice President for Research," she added. "Vice President David Skorton, his staff, and Assistant Graduate College Dean Sandra Barkan have worked diligently these past few months to make the program a meaningful and memorable experience for this year's international writers and to prepare the way for a stable future for the program."

Skorton said he will move quickly to appoint a search committee for IWP director and to begin making arrangements for the international writers who will be part of the program for the fall of the Year 2000. In doing so, he will consult with the IWP Advisory Committee headed by Jae-On Kim, professor of sociology and director of the UI Center for Asian and Pacific Studies.

The remainder of the IWP Advisory Committee consists of UI faculty, staff and students. Members are Virginia Dominguez, professor of anthropology; Hualing Nieh Engle, previous director and co-founder of the IWP; James McPherson, professor of English and faculty member in the Writers' Workshop; Adalaide Morris, professor of English; Victoria Rovine, curator at the UI Museum of Art; Jay Semel, director of the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies; graduate student Steven Sharra who was a previous participant in the IWP; and Downing Thomas, professor and chair of the department of French and Italian.