Denise Jamieson and Jamie Jorgensen will lead the search for UI's next vice president for research
Thursday, March 21, 2024

University of Iowa President Barbara Wilson has named Denise Jamieson, vice president for medical affairs and dean of the Carver College of Medicine, and Jamie Jorgensen, vice president for legal affairs and general counsel, as co-chairs of a committee tasked with selecting the next vice president for research.

“I am very pleased to name Denise and Jamie as co-chairs of this search,” says Wilson. “They understand the importance of advancing our research enterprise at Iowa and they have a multi-leveled appreciation of the unique skills needed to provide campuswide leadership in this area.”

Jamieson became vice president for medical affairs and dean of the Carver College of Medicine on Aug. 1. In her short time on campus, Jamieson helped lead the university through the purchase of Mercy Iowa City and the transition of its employees to the new UI Health Care Medical Center Downtown campus. Before coming to Iowa, Jamieson was the James Robert McCord Professor and Chair of the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta.

Jorgensen returned to the university in September 2022 to serve as vice president for legal affairs and general counsel, having previously served as associate and deputy general counsel at Iowa from 2006—2018. Before returning to Iowa, Jorgensen served as chief of staff and chief legal counsel at Pitzer College and senior counsel at Husch Blackwell LLP in Denver, Colorado, where he advised colleges and universities on numerous issues, including workplace and academic accommodations, accreditation, student conduct and faculty discipline, real estate negotiations, and academic programming partnerships.

The search firm Spencer Stuart has been selected to assist with the process.

The next vice president for research will succeed Marty Scholtz, who announced in February that he will step down at the end of his five-year term. He will stay in the role until his successor is hired.