Sept. 25, 2006
Schott Will Help IPA Reconnect With Iowa Governments
The appointment of a new associate director will help the University of Iowa's Institute of Public Affairs (IPA) once again help Iowans better manage their towns and cities.
"The Institute of Public Affairs has a long and illustrious history serving local governments across the state and we expect that service to be even stronger in the future," said Willard "Sandy" Boyd, IPA director, following the appointment of Marion City Manager Jeff Schott as the institute's new associate director.
Boyd said the IPA's mission is to provide services and information that assist in maintaining and strengthening the effectiveness of Iowa's local governments. The IPA offers programs and conferences throughout Iowa for local government officials and employees. The institute specializes in providing services for strategic planning, organizational development, team building, community visioning, intergovernmental cooperation and increasing citizen cooperation.
But Boyd said the IPA has been unable to offer those programs as effectively as it could since the 2004 death of Tim Shields, the previous director. Schott, Marion's city manager since 1987, said those services were missed.
"The IPA provided invaluable assistance to Marion and many communities throughout the state, and Tim's death left a tremendous void," said Schott, who as associate director will oversee the day-to-day management of the IPA. "I hope to restore the institute back to its stature as one the leading providers of management services to governments across Iowa and one of the foremost organizations of its kind in the U.S."
Boyd said he expects the IPA will soon be up to full speed because of Schott's deep and extensive connections with state and local leaders. Schott has worked in city government in Marion and Muscatine and has held leadership roles in such organizations as the Iowa City/County Management Association, Iowa League of Cities, Northeast Iowa Regional League and numerous other state and regional economic development, planning and municipal management organizations.
"He knows the territory, and people around the state know who he is," said Boyd.
Schott said he will work to quickly build strong relationships with municipal leaders across the state, both clients and non-clients of the IPA, as well as with representatives from professional organizations and tell them about the services the institute offers.
"The IPA has an outstanding track record to build from," said Schott. "Key people in government positions know who we are already so I won't be starting from scratch."
Schott earned his bachelor's degree from the State University of New York at Albany and his aster's degree from the UI. His first day as associate director of the IPA has not yet been determined but will be sometime before the end of the year.
Boyd said the hiring process for a new associate director was assisted by the Iowa League of Cities, the Iowa City/County Management Association, and representatives from the University of Iowa departments of Political Science and Urban and Regional Planning.
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