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June 21, 2007

Purdue Provost Sally Mason named University of Iowa's 20th president

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The Board of Regents, State of Iowa, Thursday (June 21) named Purdue University Provost Sally Mason, 57, the University of Iowa's 20th president. The appointment takes effect Aug. 1.

Mason will succeed David Skorton, who left the UI in June 2006 to become president of Cornell University in New York. Gary Fethke, retired dean of the UI Henry B. Tippie College of Business, has been serving as interim UI president since Skorton's departure and will remain in that role until Mason moves into 101 Jessup Hall later this summer.

Thursday's announcement took place in the Iowa Memorial Union, with members of the Board of Regents, members of the UI community and other well-wishers in attendance. Photos from the announcement, Mason's vita and other information is available at, which will be updated throughout the coming days.

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