Vanessa Miller

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



Iowa State presidential finalist Dale Whittaker drops out

University of Central Florida Provost and Executive Vice President Dale Whittaker - who last week told the Iowa State University community he wants to serve as its president, in part, because of its promising position to address global problems - has dr ... »

Labor group urges regents to snub Knutson construction

CEDAR FALLS - A group of laborers in a variety of construction trades is imploring the Board of Regents not to hire Knutson Construction Services for any projects while the University of Iowa presses a lawsuit against the company for what it asserts was ... »

Iowa Board of Regents hire Mark Braun as executive director with incentive to nearly double capped salary

CEDAR FALLS - As predicted, the Board of Regents on Thursday chose Chief Operating Officer Mark Braun to fill its vacant executive director job, agreeing to supplement the position's state-imposed salary cap of $154,300 with a $185,000 incentive.

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University of Iowa hospitals report progress in overcoming deficit

After ending the last budget year with an operating income nearly 50 percent under budget and starting the new budget year with a $7.2 million deficit, the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics is reporting two positive months and optimism of a bounc ... »

Iowa regents look to change review of program accreditation

Iowa's Board of Regents is considering nixing a mandate that all accreditation reports affirming university programs meet national standards come before one of its committees and thus be included on regular meeting agendas.

Instead of sending all ... »

Mark Braun sole finalist for Iowa Board of Regents executive director

After nearly two decades in the Iowa Board of Regents system - including stints as a University of Iowa lobbyist, chief of staff, and vice president - Mark Braun is the sole finalist to become the board's next executive director.

The nine-member v ... »

Monica Lewinsky to speak at University of Iowa

Social activist Monica Lewinsky will speak on the University of Iowa campus next week in a message titled, #x201c;The Price of Shame,#x201d; the UI Lecture Committee announced Wednesday. ... »

University of Iowa employment review not started, five months after announcement

IOWA CITY - Five months have passed since the University of Iowa announced plans to review its employment practices after losing a high-profile discrimination case against its athletics department, but the institution has not yet hired a firm to conduct ... »

Iowa universities cite evidence they’re economic engines

In arguing for a bigger slice of the state's funding pie, Iowa's public universities have painted themselves as economic engines that launch companies, create jobs, generate resources for scientific exploration and monetize research.

A new Board o ... »

Acclaimed AIDS researcher to lead sprawling UI Health Care

IOWA CITY - An internationally known AIDS researcher from Minnesota will be the University of Iowa's next vice president for medical affairs, leading the UI's $1.4 billion-a-year health care engine.

J. Brooks Jackson, 64, vice president for health ... »