Vanessa Miller

Higher education reporter for The Gazette in Eastern Iowa. I love news tips, story ideas and reader feedback.



Leslie Odom Jr. to reflect in Hancher on portraying Aaron Burr, path that led there

A musician and Tony Award winning actor best known for his portrayal of Aaron Burr in the blockbuster Broadway musical Hamilton, Leslie Odom Jr. got his start at age 10 in Philadelphia.

Some folks around him noticed his confidence, his ability to ... »

Former UNI President Ben Allen to serve as ISU interim president

A former Iowa State University dean, vice president, and provost who went onto serve as University of Northern Iowa president for seven years before retiring amid controversy in 2013, Ben Allen now is slated to serve as interim ISU president when Steven ... »

Iowa lawmakers grill regent appointees on funding, tuition, openness

DES MOINES - Members of Iowa's Senate Education Committee on Wednesday pressed three appointees to the Board of Regents on issues of government openness, rising tuition and the funding crisis facing institutions they would help oversee.

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More cancer projected in Iowa this year

Researchers project 17,400 new cancer diagnoses in Iowa this year - up from an estimated 16,600 last year, according to a new State Health Registry of Iowa report released Wednesday.

The number of Iowans expected to die from cancer this year, ho ... »

Iowa State President Leath forfeits $1.2 million by leaving

As Auburn University finalizes details of outgoing Iowa State University President Steven Leath's new contract, Iowa's Board of Regents confirms he's forfeiting $1.2 million in deferred compensation by leaving.

Leath, hired at Iowa State five year ... »

ISU President Leath leaving for Auburn

AMES - Steven Leath, who has led Iowa State University through unprecedented growth the past five years but recently came under fire for his use of university airplanes, is leaving the school to become president at Auburn University in Alabama.

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Young artists make splash at Hancher

IOWA CITY - Imagine them blowing the pink and purple paint dry. Or cutting with all the precision they can muster shapes to be pasted on self-portrait collages. Picture them pressing their dye-stained palms on white canvas. Or squinting in concentration ... »

University of Iowa health care union sues Board of Regents

The union that represents 3,500 health care professionals at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics announced Friday it's filed a lawsuit against the Board of Regents, accusing it of failing to recognize an agreement the union ratified before lawm ... »

UI presidents, past and present, advocate for higher education

IOWA CITY - A panel of higher education leaders made a pitch Thursday afternoon for renewed state support of higher education, noting public research universities have saved the nation, advanced technology and changed the world through intentional and a ... »

Regents ratify deal with UNI faculty union

The Board of Regents on Wednesday ratified a new, pared-down collective bargaining agreement with the University of Northern Iowa's faculty union after restarting negotiations last month in light of changes to state law.

Under the new two-year agr ... »