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University of Iowa News Release

Aug. 30, 2004

UI Forms Athletics Merger Review Committee

University of Iowa President David J. Skorton today announced the formation of a nine-member Athletics Merger Review Committee to evaluate the 2000 merger of the UI men's and women's athletic programs.

The committee is being formed in accordance with expectations expressed at the time of the merger and as an aid to a fall 2004 UI self-study being conducted in preparation for a 2005 year-long NCAA certification process.

"The beginning of the 2004 academic year marks the fourth anniversary of the merger of our men's and women's athletic programs, so this is an appropriate time for a committee of faculty, staff and students to review our progress," Skorton said. "In addition, the review will be timely and helpful to a separate self-study by Athletics in preparation for the NCAA certification process."

The committee members are:

-- Elizabeth Altmaier, committee chair and professor in the UI College of Education's Division of Psychological and Quantitative Foundations;

-- Dan Anderson, professor of mathematics in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences;

-- Margaret Burchianti, anthropology student in the Graduate College;

-- Mark Kresowik, undergraduate student in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences;

-- Rod Lehnertz, UI Facilities Services Group;

-- Lola Lopes, associate provost for undergraduate education;

-- David Manderscheid, professor and chair of mathematics, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences;

-- Pam Trimpe, UI Museum of Art curator of painting and sculpture;

-- Charlotte Westerhaus, assistant to the president and director of the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity

Mark Abbott, assistant to the director of athletics, will serve as liaison between the Athletics Department and the review committee. 

In conducting the review, committee members will use the 2000 Task Force Report recommendations and a response from former UI President Mary Sue Coleman as a guide. The many committee issues to be discussed will include assessments of the climate for female athletes, staff and coaches; authority exercised by the position of senior women's athletics administrator as proposed by the original task force report; the athletics department's leadership in serving as an advocate for women's programs; and the role of women in the leadership/organizational structure of the athletics program.

The UI men's and women's athletics programs were consolidated into one program August of 2000, following the recommendation of a task force appointed by Coleman and co-chaired by Bonnie Slatton, associate professor of health and sport studies, and Ann Rhodes, then-UI associate general counsel.

The committee's final report to the UI Athletic Advisory Council is due by Dec. 31, 2004.

STORY SOURCE: University Relations, 101 Jessup Hall, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1000.

MEDIA CONTACT: Steve Parrott, steven-parrott@uiowa.edu, phone 319-335-0552, cell 319-530-6972