Vanessa Miller

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



Renewed travel ban appears to exclude university students, but apprehension remains

Monday's Supreme Court decision largely permitting President Donald Trump's travel ban is unlikely to affect international students at Iowa's universities any more than the issue already has, according to officials and attorneys.

The court signale ... »

Regents appoint interim executive director

State Relations Officer Keith Saunders, one of the Board of Regents most senior staffers, has been tapped to serve as the board's interim executive director - accepting a $50,000 raise, pushing his pay over a legislative cap for the executive director p ... »

Reliance on ‘traveling’ nurses soars at University of Iowa

IOWA CITY - Facing a national nursing shortage that's particularly taxing for the state's largest hospital system, the growing University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics increasingly is relying on #x201c;traveling nurses#x201d; to fill the gaps - paying a ... »

News Track: Pollock’s ‘Mural’ returning stateside

Like the rest of the University of Iowa Museum of Art's expansive collection since the devastating flood of 2008, its Jackson Pollock #x201c;Mural#x201d; has been in a nomadic state for years.

The internationally celebrated original, which was don ... »

Job market strength enables ‘gap years’

As many of Iowa's new university graduates peer out over the employment landscape, they're finding a workers' market. Replacing the stress that saturated job searches during and soon after the Recession years ago is a sense of possibility and employment ... »

University of Iowa puts nearly $5 million toward faculty pay raises

IOWA CITY - After telling the Board of Regents this month that University of Iowa colleges will have enough money despite cuts to raise faculty salaries in the new budget year to nearer the median of their peers, UI President Bruce Harreld specified Thu ... »

University of Iowa diversity head to leave

The University of Iowa is losing one of its strongest diversity and inclusion advocates. Georgina Dodge will leave campus next month for a similar post in rural Pennsylvania.

In her current role as chief diversity officer, associate vice presiden ... »

UI Alumni Association moving on with merger

IOWA CITY - The soon-to-be defunct University of Iowa Alumni Association is now focusing on making a plan to merge with the UI Foundation after UI President Bruce Harreld told them to do so - sparking consternation among some association faithful.


UI’s University Club closes next year

IOWA CITY - A decade after buying the University Athletic Club, the University of Iowa next year will shutter the 57-year-old social and events center as part of a broader redevelopment.

The Sept. 4, 2018, closure - announced last week in a letter ... »

UI President Harreld: Access to education paramount

One week after the Board of Regents increased tuition again and agreed to take a closer look at letting its universities charge steeper rates in the coming years, University of Iowa President Bruce Harreld is vowing to uphold his school's commitment to ... »