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University of Iowa News Release

Sept. 15, 2003

Skorton Releases Report From Diversity Administration Review Committee

University of Iowa President David Skorton today released the report of an ad hoc committee that reviewed the way in which the university's central administration is structured to promote diversity.

The committee, appointed by Skorton in the spring of this year, had two specific charges: 1) to review central administrative structures at Regent and peer institutions; and 2) to suggest changes in central administrative structures and responsibilities aimed at improving effectiveness and efficiency of diversity efforts at the UI.

"Members of the committee have done a thorough job of reviewing our own efforts to improve diversity, compared them with similar efforts at peer institutions, and have offered thoughtful recommendations on how we can move ahead on this important university goal," Skorton said. "I will carefully consider their recommendations. By releasing the report now, I encourage the entire university community to review it as well, and to share their responses with me and with committee
members. I will announce, in the next several weeks, a series of actions in response to these recommendations."

Charlotte Westerhaus, assistant to the president and director of the Office of Affirmative Action, chaired the ad hoc committee. Other committee members were Christine Brus, director of Women in Science and Engineering; Sue Buckley, associate vice president for finance and operations and director of human resources; Carolyn Colvin, associate dean and associate professor, College of Education; Joe Coulter, associate provost for diversity and director of Opportunity at Iowa; Phillip Jones, vice president for student services and dean of students; Phil Kutzko, professor of mathematics; and William Welburn, assistant dean of the Graduate College.

Following are the diversity report and related attachments in pdf format (requires Adobe Acrobat or similar reader).

diversity report       attachment 1       attachment 2       attachment 3

STORY SOURCE: University Relations, 101 Jessup Hall, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1316.

MEDIA CONTACT: Steve Parrott, steven-parrott@uiowa.edu