Promise and Progress: A shared commitment

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Jean Robillard
​Interim President

It’s an honor to serve as interim president at this pivotal moment for the University of Iowa. Decades from now, innovation and achievement on almost every front will mark this chapter in our university’s story.

Over the coming months, we’ll welcome a new president and dedicate world-class new facilities. We’ll increase enrollment and expand opportunities for students. We’ll conclude a campaign that’s raising unprecedented levels of private support.

As faculty, students, and staff, you have an essential role and a valuable stake in each of these achievements. Wherever you work, whatever you study, you advance our university through your efforts and your example.

Especially at moments like this, we’re reminded that we’re truly one university.

Our success depends on open, consistent communication. I’m committed to providing faculty, staff, and students with weekly online updates, plus engaging in face-to-face conversations with everyone I can meet. I also invite you to an Aug. 26 welcome address to campus, 4 p.m. in the Old Capitol.

Most of all, I’m committed to helping us continue to move forward, meeting the challenges that arise and shaping our future together.

Fortunately, slowing down is antithetical to our can-do culture. Over the past few months, I’ve spoken with people throughout our community who are eager to create the next era of learning, discovery, and service. That dedication makes us who we are.

Thank you for continuing to aim high and build a top-tier university for Iowa, the nation, and the world.

UI's Iowa Flood Center helps control water at local, regional, national levels

An eye on our most vital resource

Individuals, local governments, and national organizations make use of the Iowa Flood Center's research
How do local governments and national agencies monitor one of our most valuable resources? With research and data from the Iowa Flood Center.

State, UI leaders announce new Iowa Reading Research Center director

Center’s new director and new home will advance statewide literacy effort
Leaders from the Iowa Department of Education and the University of Iowa’s College of Education have named Deborah Reed as the next director of the Iowa Reading Research Center, which has a critical role in a statewide effort to ensure all children read well by the end of third grade.
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Faculty-staff email upgrade coming soon

Office 365 benefits include larger email quota, full Office Suite access
A forthcoming upgrade to the university’s email system will soon give UI faculty and staff access to many exciting new features. Non-healthcare-provided email accounts will be upgraded to Microsoft Office 365 by the end of the calendar year.

UI TIER update: August 1

As the UI moves forward with the Iowa Board of Regents’ TIER project, campus leaders are committed to keeping colleagues informed. Here are the latest developments across academic and business cases.
Drumming up new teaching techniques at the University of Iowa

Drumming up new teaching techniques

Music educators converge on UI campus to learn World Music Drumming
Two UI College of Education alumnae are creating an after-school drumming club in Mount Vernon, Iowa, as a result of participating in a World Music Drumming Workshop. That event, hosted by the UI and West Music, drew more than 60 music teachers from across the state and nation.

UI presidential search committee to meet August 4

The University of Iowa Presidential Search and Screen Committee will meet from 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4, in Room 2390 of the University Capitol Centre, 200 South Capitol Street.

Presidential search remains on track

Search committee reviewing applications
So far, there are 44 candidates who have officially applied to replace Sally Mason as the next president of the University of Iowa. Another six have expressed interest but have yet to officially apply, says a firm handling the UI’s search for a new president.
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Robillard ready to be interim president

VP for medical affairs expects his transition to be seamless
Jean Robillard is looking forward to assuming his role Aug. 1 as the interim president of the University of Iowa, where this fall the campus is poised to welcome the largest freshman class ever.

Recent deaths

Death notices for current and retired UI employees. Links to online obituaries provided when available.