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March 26, 2008

UI President Mason names Loh new executive vice president, provost

Wallace D. Loh, dean of the college of arts and sciences, professor of public service, and professor of psychology at Seattle University, has been named executive vice president and provost of the University of Iowa, pending approval by the Board of Regents. He will begin his duties Aug. 1.

"It is my great pleasure to announce that Dr. Wallace Loh has accepted the position of Executive Vice President and Provost," UI President Sally Mason said in making the announcement. "He brings vision, energy, and experience to help lead us as we pursue our goals of a high quality, accessible education; scholarship, research and creativity that advance our collective knowledge and culture; and service that reaches all Iowans and beyond."

Mason thanked the members of the provost search committee, saying, "You deserve our thanks for a magnificent job. You cast a wide net, brought us a superb group of finalists, and allowed students, faculty, staff and others to meet the candidates and to offer assessments of those candidates' strengths and weaknesses. Of course, your collective wisdom on the final selection was invaluable. Your dedication and service to this University are truly outstanding."

Loh succeeds Michael J. Hogan, who left the UI to become president of the University of Connecticut in September 2007. Lola Lopes, former associate provost and long-time UI faculty member, is serving as interim executive vice president and provost.

"All of the groups that met with Wallace during his on-campus interviews had an immediate positive response," Lopes said. "That bodes very well for his success at the UI. We're very excited to have him join us."

"I'm honored and thrilled and humbled to serve in this great university as a member of President Mason's leadership team of outstanding vice presidents and deans," said Loh. "I immigrated alone to this country as a teenager, landing in Iowa. I was received with open arms by so many people. Their generosity made a lasting difference in my life.  My return to Iowa represents the coming to full circle of my career, an opportunity to serve in the state where I started my life in America."

Before becoming Seattle University's dean of arts and sciences in 1999, Loh was director of policy for Washington governor Gary Locke. He also was vice chancellor for academic affairs and professor of law at the University of Colorado, Boulder, from 1995-97. From 1990-95, he was dean of the University of Washington Law School and was voted by students as the "Outstanding Professor of the Year."

His other faculty appointments include positions at Cornell University; University of Texas, Austin; Vanderbilt University; Emory University; and Beijing University (China). He worked in law firms in New York and San Francisco.

Loh's main areas of teaching and scholarship are law and social science. He is the author of the casebook "Social Research in the Judicial Process" and many articles in both law and social science journals.

Loh has been president of the Association of American Law Schools and has served on various community boards, including serving as vice president of the Seattle Public Library.
Born in China and raised in Peru, Loh speaks Spanish, Chinese and French, as well as English. He received a bachelor's degree and an honorary Doctor of Laws from Grinnell College and a master's from Cornell University, and he was a research assistant at the Universiteit te Leuven (Louvain, Belgium). His Ph.D. in psychology is from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and his J.D. is from Yale Law School, where he was an editor of the Yale Law Journal.

The executive vice president and provost is the university's chief academic officer and the highest-ranking university official after the president.  The provost fosters the creation, advancement, and implementation of the academic vision for the University.  Responsible for all academic departments, colleges and programs, the provost oversees the processes of faculty appointment, development, promotion and tenure, as well as faculty grievance procedures.  The provost also establishes all academic policies, oversees reviews of all academic units, and leads and implements strategic planning. 

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

MEDIA CONTACTS: Steve Parrott,, phone 319-335-0552, cell 319-530-6972; Wallace Loh, 206-296-5301,