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Iowa Names Search Committee For Director of Athletics




May 11, 2006

University of Iowa Interim President designate Gary Fethke today named a search committee charged with identifying and screening candidates for the position of director of athletics. Current UI Athletic Director Bob Bowlsby has announced he will be taking the same position at Stanford University.

Fethke also announced the hiring of Baker Parker and Associates, Inc. of Atlanta, a firm specializing in executive searches for higher education and collegiate athletics.

"We have a successful program that is financially stable, and we expect that there will be keen interest in the position. For that reason, we are moving ahead with a search for a permanent successor to Bob Bowlsby. We will appoint an interim AD if the search does not proceed expeditiously." Fethke said. "We are quite simply looking for the most qualified candidate available to fill our attractive AD position. The credentials of all qualified applicants who apply will receive serious consideration.

"I am pleased that we have been able to assemble a search committee that represents an excellent mix of alumni, as well as faculty and staff who have experience working with our athletic department," he added.

Search committee co-chairs are:

--Charles F. Lynch, professor of Epidemiology, UI College of Public Health, and chair of the UI President's Committee on Athletics.

--G. Joseph Reddington, retired CEO, Signature Group and Breuner's Home Furnishings Corp., Sedona, Arizona, and former UI student-athlete.

Other members of the search committee are:

--Elizabeth M. Altmaier, professor and chair, Department of Psychological and Quantitative Foundations, UI College of Education, and UI faculty athletics representative to the Big Ten Conference and the NCAA

--Lisa M. Bluder, UI head women's basketball coach.

--Marvin E. Cook, financial advisor, Morgan Stanley, Coralville; former UI student-athlete and current member of the National I-Club board of directors.

--Amy Herrig-Tanny, brand manager, Sanford Corporation, Hoffman Estates, Ill., and former UI student-athlete.

--Casey Mahon, former senior vice president and general counsel, McLeodUSA, Inc.; Iowa City, and current member of the UI Foundation board of directors.

--Lew B. Montgomery, human resources manager, Alliant Energy, Cedar Rapids; and former UI student-athlete.

--Kenyon R. Murray, pharmaceutical sales specialist, Astra Zeneca Pharmaceuticals, Cedar Rapids; and former UI student-athlete.

--Teesa A. Price Vitense, coach, Iowa City High School women's soccer, and employee, Com-Link, Iowa City; and former UI student-athlete.

--Mary Schott, human resources and finance, UI Office of the President.

--Damian D. Simcox, manager, UI athletic facilities.

--Matthew G. Whitaker, United States Attorney, State of Iowa, Southern District, Des Moines; and former UI student-athlete.

--Catherine Zaharis, financial consultant, Iowa City; current member of the UI Foundation board of directors and the National I-Club board of directors.