In Brief

University of Iowa President Mary Sue Coleman served as moderator of a wide-ranging roundtable discussion on the future of four-year higher education in Iowa Wednesday night at Des Moines' Hotel Savery. Flanked by Dennis Ryerson, editor of the Des Moines Register (at left) and Saul Shapiro, editor of the Waterloo Courier, Coleman led a spirited dinner discussion on topics that ranged from academic tenure to the role of colleges and universities as economic engines for the state. Attending were 13 selected media representatives from across Iowa and six university and college presidents, including Robert Koob of the University of Northern Iowa; Richard Seagrave of Iowa State University; Russell Osgood of Grinnell; R. Kevin LaGree of Simpson and David Maxwell of Drake.