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‘Interim’ removed from titles of Cohen, Reasoner and Rocklin

The Board of Regents, State of Iowa, on Thursday approved the regular appointment of three top interim administrators at the University of Iowa: Vice President for Research and Economic Development Jordan Cohen, Vice President for Legal Affairs and General Counsel Carroll Reasoner and Vice President for Student Services Tom Rocklin.

The appointments take effect immediately.

Cohen has served in his interim role since February 2008, and Rocklin and Reasoner in theirs since September 2008.

“Jordan Cohen, Tom Rocklin, and Carroll Reasoner have been doing exemplary jobs and have kept the university's momentum going even as we have faced some of our greatest challenges in the past two years,” UI President Sally Mason said in announcing the appointments. “Congratulations to each, and I look forward to continuing to work with these excellent leaders.”

Cohen came to the UI as dean of the College of Pharmacy in 1999, after leading the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy for 11 years. Prior to that he had a 20-year career as a faculty member at the University of Southern California with a funded research program in the area of clinical pharmacology of anticancer and anti-AIDS therapies. In 2006, he announced that he would retire as dean but remain on the UI pharmacy faculty. He stepped down as dean with the arrival of Donald Letendre in September 2007.

As dean, Cohen encouraged stronger faculty research ties with the pharmacy profession and the Iowa Pharmacy Association, and he was active in efforts to expand interdisciplinary research and education programs across the health sciences.

Cohen also worked closely with leaders at the Iowa Department of Economic Development, industry, Iowa State University and the University of Northern Iowa as a part of the initiative spurred by the Battelle report to capitalize on university expertise for the benefit of Iowa. He also co-chaired a task force that reviewed the UI's ability to conduct clinical trials and helped position the UI to successfully compete for a recent NIH Clinical and Translational Science Award.

Reasoner, a shareholder and senior vice president with the Cedar Rapids law firm of Shuttleworth & Ingersoll prior to her interim appointment, earned her law degree from the UI. In 1991, she was the first woman and youngest to serve as the president of the Iowa State Bar Association. She has served for six years on the state judicial nominating commission selecting individuals for appointment to the Supreme Court of Iowa.

She has been recognized by the Des Moines Register as an Up and Comer, and has been ranked in the Best Lawyers in America for over 20 years. Additionally, she has been listed in Super Lawyers and is recognized in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business. She has received many honors, including the Award of Merit, the highest award granted by the Iowa State Bar Association. She is also a fellow in the American Bar Foundation and the Iowa State Bar Foundation.

She also has been active in her community and the state of Iowa. She has been involved with the Friends of the Cedar Rapids Public Library, served as chair of the building committee for the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, and served on the board of the United Way. She has served as a trustee of the board of Cornell College and the chair of the Linn County Regional Planning Commission. She was the board chair at St. Luke's Hospital and helped build the Iowa Health System, a billion dollar integrated health system and was its chair for three years. She has been president of Downtown Rotary. She was chair of the UI Foundation for three years during its last capital campaign. She was a board member of the Cedar Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce, the UI Foundation, a trustee for Waypoint and the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, chair of the Cedar Rapids Downtown District, and a commissioner on the Rebuild Iowa Commission. She currently serves as vice chair of the Cedar Rapids Airport Commission.

Rocklin earned a bachelor's degree in psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1977 and a master's and doctoral degrees in psychology at Northwestern University in 1980 and 1981, respectively. After five years as a faculty member in the psychology department at Texas Christian University, he joined the faculty of the UI College of Education in 1986, rising to the rank of professor in 1996. He served as chair of psychological and quantitative foundations in the College of Education and founding director of the Center for Teaching. He has taught courses in educational psychology and research methodology and his research has examined the role of test anxiety in computerized adaptive testing. He is a fellow of the American Psychological Association.

He joined UI central administration as interim associate provost for faculty development in 2004. He was appointed associate provost for undergraduate education and dean of the University College in 2006, and was named vice provost in 2007. As vice provost he oversaw UI academic support services including the Office of Admissions, the Office of the Registrar, the Academic Advising Center, Student Financial Aid, the Center for Teaching, Evaluation and Exam Services, Civic Engagement Program, and programs that fall under the University College organizational unit, including the Honors Program, College Transition, Career Center programs, study abroad and military science and aerospace studies.

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