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University of Iowa News Release

July 25, 2005

Craig Porter Appointed UI Faculty Co-Ombudsperson

University of Iowa President David Skorton has appointed Craig Porter, clinical professor of pediatrics, to a three-year term as faculty co-ombudsperson, effective Aug. 1.

Porter will continue his work in pediatric nephrology while working half time in the Office of the Ombudsperson with Cynthia Joyce, who was named to the full-time professional staff ombudsperson position in June. Porter's ombudsperson salary will be $73,797.

Porter joined the UI faculty in 1990 and has served as director of the Division of Pediatric Nephrology and Hypertension since 1997. He was a member of the Faculty Senate from 2000-2004, serving on the Faculty Council from 2000-2003 and as Faculty Senate Secretary in the 2002-2003 academic year. From 1998-2004 Porter served on the Faculty Judicial Commission, a university panel that hears and attempts to settle faculty grievances. He also has been involved in strategic planning at the university, college and departmental levels.

Porter said he is excited about the opportunity to "serve the university in an important role that really reaches all members of the community-faculty, staff and students." A problem-solver adept at tackling sensitive issues with intellect and compassion, Porter said his combination of skills and training would help him to be effective in the position.

Skorton said Porter's skill in working with people in challenging circumstances would be an asset to the Office of the Ombudsperson. "I look forward to working with Craig and with Cynthia as they take on this vital role in our University community," he said. "I am confident in their ability to maintain and enhance the strong tradition of excellence built in the Office of the Ombudsperson over the last 20 years."

Porter fills the position vacated by Lon Moeller, clinical associate professor of management and organizations, who completed his term as ombudsperson this year and was named co-director of the UI's Larned A. Waterman Iowa Nonprofit Resource Center.

Established in 1985, the Office of the Ombudsperson serves students, faculty and staff by offering a confidential, neutral and independent dispute resolution service. The ombudsperson investigates claims of unfair treatment or erroneous procedure and serves as a neutral and detached listener, information resource, adviser, intermediary and mediator. The ombudsperson considers all sides of a question impartially and objectively and strives to ensure that all members of the University community receive fair and equitable treatment within the University system.

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