Vanessa Miller

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



University of Iowa graduate, former Oprah Winfrey Show executive pitches giving

IOWA CITY - Although Oprah Winfrey is known internationally for giving millions to charity, Sheri Salata said the media mogul's philanthropy isn't about publicity. She didn't do it for the cameras.

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Ben Allen back on ISU campus, won’t live in the Knoll

Former Iowa State University Provost and University of Northern Iowa President Ben Allen returned to Ames last week to transition into his role as interim ISU president.

With Steven Leath in the next few weeks scheduled to depart for Auburn Univer ... »

University of Iowa officials eyeing campus reorganization

IOWA CITY - A small group of University of Iowa deans is investigating a possible campus reorganization that could involve relocating departments, changing the number of faculty in various colleges and consolidating or eliminating units or majors.


National DNA Day celebrates science, opportunities at University of Iowa

IOWA CITY - University of Iowa students and faculty gathered in Iowa City on Tuesday to celebrate #x201c;National DNA Day,#x201d; commemorating completion of the Human Genome Project in 2003 and the discovery of DNA's double helix in 1953.

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University of Iowa Alumni Association faces uncertain future

IOWA CITY - The University of Iowa Alumni Association, which marks its 150th anniversary this year and counts tens of thousands of members around the world representing the black and gold, now faces a contentious start to an uncertain future.

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Former Iowa lawmaker Larry McKibben announces bid for Board of Regents presidency

COUNCIL BLUFFS - As a senior member of Iowa's Board of Regents - with two years left to go - Larry McKibben on Thursday announced a 10-day campaign to become the board's next president.

The board - which on April 30 is to lose President Bruce Rast ... »

Iowa State University aims for new president by October

COUNCIL BLUFFS - The Board of Regents hopes to select a new Iowa State University president by early October, according to a newly released timeline.

Regents Executive Director Robert Donley updated the board during its meeting Thursday in Council ... »

Iowa regents looking at 5 percent tuition increase this fall

COUNCIL BLUFFS - In the wake of state funding cuts that have taken $30 million from their base state support, outgoing Board of Regents President Bruce Rastetter on Thursday called on the board to work with the public universities in the coming months o ... »

University of Iowa hospitals raise alarm over Medicaid managed care denials

Iowa's biggest and most-profitable hospital is lowering by more than half its operating income projections for 2017 and signaling a possible shift in strategy thanks to a sharp increase in denials from Medicaid managed care payers and a corresponding dr ... »

Former Iowa regent spokesperson sues board for age, gender discrimination

A former longtime spokeswoman for the Board of Regents is suing her past employer, accusing the board of age and gender discrimination and of paying her less because she's a woman.

Sheila Koppin, in the lawsuit filed Friday in Polk County Distri ... »