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Release: April 12, 2002
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UI College of Public Health welcomes new members to advisory board
The University of Iowa College of Public Health welcomed six new members
to its Board of Advisors at the group's spring meeting this week.
The new board members are: Norman F. Cheville, D.V.M., Ph.D., dean of the
College of Veterinary Medicine and the Clarence Hartley Covault Distinguished
Professor at Iowa State University; Robert J. Denson, J.D., president of Northeast
Iowa Community College; and Susan Koch, Ed.D., associate provost/associate
vice president for academic affairs at the University of Northern Iowa.
Other new board members are: Peter Roberts, group vice president-provider
relations and health management at Wellmark, Inc.; Arthur Spies, senior vice
president-membership services at the Iowa Hospital Association; and Thomas
West, vice president at Pioneer Hi-Bred, International, Inc.
"These new board members bring additional talent and insight to a board
that is already very distinguished," said Lawrence D. Prybil, Ph.D.,
professor and associate dean for external relations in the UI College of Public
Health. "Their appointment further strengthens the ties that link the
University of Iowa and the College of Public Health with many key constituencies
throughout our state and beyond."
In its first three years as a collegiate unit, the College of Public Health
received guidance and support from two key advisory bodies: a University Advisory
Committee and an External Advisory Board. Among other important functions,
the University Advisory Committee served as a vehicle for two-way communications
between the College and other academic units on campus, as well as other Regents'
institutions and Iowa's community colleges. The External Advisory Board provided
similar linkages with leaders in business and labor, government, health care,
and voluntary associations. Both bodies were a source of information and insight
and were helpful in shaping collegiate goals, strategies and priorities.
In early 2002, the college leadership decided to integrate some of the University
Advisory Committee functions and members into the External Advisory Board.
To reflect these changes in function and composition, the name of this unified
advisory body was changed to "College of Public Health Board of Advisors."
Board members who completed terms in December 2001 are: Eric Book, M.D.,
former chief medical officer of Wellmark, Inc.; Steve Brenton, former president
of the Iowa Hospital Association; James Cavanaugh, Ph.D., president of HealthCare
Ventures, LLC; Michael Gemmell, executive director of the Association of Schools
of Public Health; L.D. McMullen, Ph.D., C.E.O. and general manager of Des
Moines Water Works; and Thomas Phillips, director of community investment
for Pioneer Hi-Bred, International, Inc.
"All of the departing board members made important contributions to
the board and the College of Public Health," observed James Merchant,
M.D., Dr.P.H., dean of the College of Public Health. "We are extremely
grateful for their interest and support."