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Release: July 16, 2002 -- FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

BOARD OF REGENTS, STATE OF IOWA
Contact: Greg Nichols, Executive Director, (515) 281-6531

MEDIA ADVISORY: BOARD OF REGENTS PRESIDENT ANNOUNCES APPOINTMENT OF SEARCH COMMITTEE MEMBERS AND CHOICES OF EXECUTIVE SEARCH FIRMS IN PRESIDENTIAL SEARCH AT THE UNIVERSITY OF IOWA AND THE SUPERINTENDENT SEARCH AT THE IOWA SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF

Owen J. Newlin, President of the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, announced today his recommendations in two leadership search processes at Regent institutions. The recommendations will be presented to the Board formally and action will be taken at the Thursday, July 18 meeting of the Board of Regents, which will be held on the campus of the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls.

A total of twenty-three members of the University of Iowa campus community are being recommended as voting members of the Presidential Search and Screen Advisory Committee, including Jonathan Carlson, who was named chair of the panel last month. Additionally, there will be two non-voting members representing the Board of Regents office serving on the committee. The members were all selected through consultations between Regent President Newlin, Committee Chairman Carlson, and Faculty Senate President Jeff Cox.

“I believe this group represents an excellent blend of the wide and diverse community of interests at the University,” Newlin stated. “We have faculty members from many different fields of academic study, as well as professional staff, students, and alumni representing the diversity of roles and viewpoints within the University.”

List of University of Iowa Presidential Search Committee Members

It was also announced today that Korn-Ferry International was selected as the search firm for this project as a result of evaluations of executive search firms seeking to serve as consultant. Last month the Board authorized Executive Director Greg Nichols, with the approval of President Owen Newlin, to contract with an executive search firm. Korn-Ferry was the firm used last year by the Board in the presidential search at Iowa State University and for several others previously. They were selected after a review of all firms expressing interest, including formal proposals and interviews with three firms considered the best qualified to conduct such a higher education executive search.

Newlin also released today the names of those being recommended for the Superintendent Search Advisory Committee at the Iowa School for the Deaf in Council Bluffs. This will be an eleven-member committee that will be chaired by Dr. Richard Hurtig from the University of Iowa, who has served as chairperson of the Iowa School for the Deaf Advisory Committee.

The executive search firm selected to assist in the Iowa School for the Deaf process is Francis and Associates of West Des Moines.

This release is also posted on the Board of Regents, State of Iowa Web site