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Release: Nov. 30, 2000

Dentistry dean to head search committee for external relations vice presidency

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- David C. Johnsen, dean of the University of Iowa College of Dentistry, has been appointed chair of the search committee to fill the position of vice president for external relations at the UI.

The position, formerly titled vice president for university relations, was filled previously by Ann M. Rhodes who resigned last July. David J. Skorton, vice president for research, has served as interim vice president for university relations since Rhodes resigned.

"David Johnsen is respected throughout his profession and around the state of Iowa. His experience and leadership will enable the search process to go forward expeditiously," said UI President Mary Sue Coleman. "We will conduct a nationwide search to ensure an outstanding pool of candidates for this important position."

Other members of the search committee are Nancy Baker, UI librarian; Daniel Berkowitz, associate professor of journalism and mass communication; Sue Buckley, assistant director of Human Resources; Howard Collinson, director of the UI Museum of Art; Larissa Faulkner, graduate student in mass communication; William Hesson, associate director of the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics; Pat Kenner, program consultant with the Office of Finance and University Services and president of the UI Staff Council; Vincent Nelson, director of the UI Alumni Association; Audrey Qualls, associate professor with the Iowa Testing Programs in the College of Education; Stephen Sanders, vice president, development program with the UI Foundation; Donna Sorensen, adjunct assistant professor of management and organizations in the Tippie College of Business; and Jude West, professor of management and organizations in the Tippie College of Business.

The vice president for external relations will oversee the Office of University Communications and Outreach, the Alumni Association, Health Science Relations, and public radio stations WSUI and KSUI.