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June 15, 2005

Michigan's Sharphorn To Interview For UI General Counsel Spot

Dan Sharphorn, associate vice president and deputy general counsel of the University of Michigan, will be the second candidate interviewed to become the University of Iowa's new general counsel. Sharphorn will be interviewed June 16 and 17.

Sharphorn has been in his current position at Michigan since 2001. In addition, he was interim general counsel from 1997-1998 and assistant general counsel from 1983 to 1997 and 1998 to 2001. He's also worked at Michigan as a policy advisor to the university president and as an adjunct lecturer in sociology.

Sharphorn has also served as Judge Advocate General in the U.S. Army and as a patent attorney for the Army. He's also taught undergraduate law courses at the United States Military Academy.

Sharphorn received his B.S. from the United States Military Academy. He earned his law degree, a Master's in Social Work and a Master of Arts degree in sociology from the University of Michigan.

The new general counsel will oversee a staff of five attorneys that provide legal services on issues facing the University of Iowa, its colleges and departments. The office also helps develop policies, practices and procedures that reduce the risk of legal problems, and provide legal counsel, representation, interpretation and analysis on a broad array of issues.

The new general counsel will replace Mark Schantz, who is stepping down from the position on June 30. Schantz was appointed general counsel in 1992 by then-President Hunter R. Rawlings, after serving a period on an interim basis. He will rejoin the faculty of the UI College of Law.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Service, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

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