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April 9, 2010

First candidate for UI Chief Diversity Officer to speak at forum April 12

Georgina Dodge, Ph.D., an assistant vice provost who leads the Office of Minority Affairs at The Ohio State University, is the first of five people coming to the University of Iowa this month as candidates for the position of Chief Diversity Officer (CDO) and Associate Vice President (AVP).

Dodge will visit campus Monday and Tuesday, April 12 and 13. During a forum at 10 a.m. Monday, in S401 of the John Pappajohn Business Building, she will speak on “Why Diversity Matters.” The talk is open to the public and all are welcome to attend.

Four additional candidates for this position will be visiting campus on April 14-15; April 19-20; April 22-23 and April 26-27. Their public presentations are scheduled for:

--10 a.m. Wednesday, April 14, 337 Iowa Memorial Union.
--10 a.m. Monday, April 19, 2520D University Capitol Center.
--10 a.m. Thursday, April 22 (Location to be determined).
--10 a.m. Monday, April 26, 2520D University Capitol Center.

Further information about each candidate will be released prior to his or her visit.

The search is being co-chaired by Keri Hornbuckle, professor and chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in the UI College of Engineering, and Mettie Thomopulos, health services administrator in the UI Department of Internal Medicine.

The CDO/AVP leads and coordinates the university’s efforts in all aspects of diversity, inclusion, educational and employment equity, affirmative action, cultural understanding and competency, and civil and human rights. As CDO, the individual reports to the president and is a member of the president’s cabinet. As AVP, the individual reports to the executive vice president and provost, is a member of the provost’s cabinet and sits on the Council of Deans.

As head of The Ohio State University’s Office of Minority Affairs, Dodge provides leadership in support of the success of minority students, faculty and staff at her university.

Dodge earned her B.A., summa cum laude, from the University of California, Irvine and her Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Los Angeles.

For more information on the search and on Dodge, visit

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