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June 21, 2005

UI Associate Counsel Mills To Interview For UI General Counsel Spot

Marcus M. Mills, senior associate counsel at the University of Iowa, will be the fourth candidate interviewed to become the University of Iowa's new general counsel. Mills will be interviewed June 22 and 23.

Mills has worked in the UI general counsel's office as associate counsel and senior associate counsel since 1995. Before that he worked as an immigration specialist for UI and has been an adjunct faculty member of the UI College of Law since 1996. He also previously worked as the director of legal reference service for the National Association of College and University Attorneys in Washington, D.C., and as an attorney in private practice for a firm in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Mills earned his B.S. from Iowa State University and his law degree from UI. He also did additional graduate work in higher education law, college administration, public finance of higher education and strategic planning at Illinois State University.

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 Relations, 101 Jessup Hall, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1000.

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