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Release: June 21, 2001

Lon Moeller is named university ombudsperson

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Lon Moeller, clinical associate professor of business at the University of Iowa, has been named to the office of the university ombudsperson for a two-year term beginning July 1. Moeller holds a law degree, an M.A. degree in business administration, and a B.B.A. degree, all from the UI.

The UI office of the ombudsperson serves students, faculty, and staff by offering a confidential, neutral, and independent dispute resolution service. The ombudsperson's mission is to ensure that all members of the university community receive fair and equitable treatment within the university system.

Established in 1985, the office is staffed by two ombudspersons appointed by the president of the university. One is appointed to a halftime, non-renewable four-year term, and the other has a full-time professional appointment. The ombudsperson investigates claims of unfair treatment or erroneous procedure and serves as a neutral and detached listener, information resource, adviser, intermediary, and mediator.

Moeller joins Maile Sagen, a fulltime professional employee, who has served with the office since 1989. He replaces Bernard Sorofman, associate professor of pharmacy, who served two years of a four-year term, beginning in July 1999. Sorofman is assuming the position of associate dean in College of Pharmacy.