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Release: Jan. 23, 2001

UI Vice Provost Sims named dean-in-residence for Council of Graduate Schools

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Les Sims, University of Iowa vice provost and former dean of the UI Graduate College, has accepted an appointment as dean-in-residence at the Council of Graduate Schools in Washington, D.C., for 2001-2002. He will continue to hold a part-time position with the UI, but plans to retire at the end of the 2001-2002 academic year.

The Council on Graduate Schools is dedicated to the improvement of graduate education and serves as a communications link among its member institutions, Congress, the news media, and the general public. As dean-in-residence, Sims will work with CGS staff to enhance the services provided to graduate deans, specifically in the area of information services and data. He will also serve as a CGS liaison to the National Research Council on plans to conduct a new assessment of U.S. doctoral programs.

"This is a well-deserved capstone to a distinguished career in higher education and especially in graduate and professional education," said UI Provost Jon Whitmore. "Whether you look at the National Research Council’s rankings or the rankings compiled by U.S. News & World Report, the University of Iowa has achieved its goal of having premier graduate and professional programs in a significant number of areas.

Whitmore added, "We’re happy to know that we’ll have an advocate for the University of Iowa in Washington during Les’s term as dean-in-residence for the Council of Graduate Schools."

"After 36 years in academe, the highlight is my time and work at the University of Iowa," Sims said. "This is a world-class institution, and it has been a privilege to work here. I’m also grateful for the opportunities I’ve had to be the University’s representative with national constituencies and agencies. The offer to serve at the Council of Graduate Schools is, I hope, a validation that my efforts were worthwhile."

Sims has served as vice provost since June of 2000. He was dean of the Graduate College from 1991 until his appointment as vice provost. He also served as associate provost for graduate education from 1997 to 2000. Before coming to the UI, Sims was associate vice chancellor for research at North Carolina State University. He holds a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Illinois.

He has served on several national committees, including the board of directors of the Council of Graduate Schools, the Council on Research Policy and Graduate Education for the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges, the National Science Foundation Committee on Minority Programs, the Committee on Institutional Cooperation, and the Executive Committee of the Association of American Universities/Association of Graduate Schools. He also is the current chair of the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools.