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Release: Oct. 11, 2000
UI medical dean to assume additional responsibilities Jan. 1
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University of Iowa President Mary Sue Coleman announced
today that Robert Kelch, dean of the University of Iowa College of Medicine,
will become Vice President for Statewide Health Services, succeeding John
Colloton, who is retiring.
Pending approval by the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, Kelch will assume
his new duties Jan. 1, 2001. The Board of Regents is expected to consider
the appointment during its Oct. 18-19 meeting in Ames.
In his new position, Kelch will work with the deans of the other UI health
science colleges -- dentistry, nursing, pharmacy and public health -- on common
issues such as health care delivery coordination, facilities development planning
and fund-raising. As vice president for statewide health services, Kelch will
also co-chair the UI Health Sciences Policy Council with UI Provost Jon Whitmore.
The council is a coordinating body including the deans of the health science
colleges and the directors of UI Hospitals and Clinics and the UI Hygienic
The new vice president will continue his duties as dean of the College of
Medicine and as co-managing partner of the University of Iowa Health Care
with R. Edward Howell, CEO of UI Hospitals and Clinics. As managing partners
of UI Health Care, both Kelch and Howell will report to Coleman.
Kelch and the other health science college deans, along with the deans of
the other UI colleges, will continue to report to Whitmore on academic matters,
including faculty appointments and salaries, promotion and tenure, curriculum,
allocation of general education funds, and strategic planning.
"I am pleased that Dean Kelch has agreed to take on this very important
role for the university," said UI President Mary Sue Coleman. "Bob
is the ideal person to lead this effort. He has demonstrated superb leadership
and stewardship in the College of Medicine; he has been actively involved
in statewide health issues; and he played a pivotal role in establishing our
new College of Public Health."
"I welcome Dean Kelch as co-chair of the Health Sciences Policy Council,"
said Whitmore. "He has so much to contribute toward the coordination
of important issues such as patient care, health care delivery, and disease
The Office of the Vice President for Statewide Health Services was established
in July 1993 to create a high-level university staff initiative focused on
the study of health care reform and its implications for academic health centers.
The mission of the office is to serve as an advisor to the president of the
university on matters of health policy.
Kelch was appointed dean of the University of Iowa College of Medicine on
Aug. 15, 1994. Prior to coming to the UI, he served as professor and chair
of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Michigan School of Medicine
and physician-in-chief at C.S. Mott Children's Hospital. While at Michigan,
he also served as assistant dean for clinical affairs and chief of clinical
affairs at University of Michigan Hospitals.
A native of Wayne, Mich., Kelch earned his bachelor's degree from Monteith
College of Wayne State University in Detroit and his medical degree from the
University of Michigan Medical School in 1967. He is internationally known
for his research in pediatric endocrinology, which has been funded by the
National Institutes of Health for more than 20 years. He is a member of the
Institute of Medicine, serves on numerous national committees and boards and
is active in many academic and professional medical societies.
Colloton has served as vice president for statewide health services since
1993. Prior to that, he served for 23 years as director of UIHC and assistant
to the university president for statewide health services. Colloton was inducted
into the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences in 1987.
In 1990, he received the Distinguished Service Award from the American Hospital