Regents approve two vice president appointments at University of Iowa

Brennan to serve as vice president of strategic communication; Braun also taking vice president post

Joe Brennan (left) and Mark Braun, appointed UI vice presidents.
Joe Brennan (left) and Mark Braun, appointed UI vice presidents.

Two University of Iowa vice president appointments were approved Thursday by the state Board of Regents.

The regents approved the appointments as part of the consent agenda, with no discussion, during a meeting in Ames.

UI President Sally Mason selected Joe Brennan to be the next vice president for strategic communication, and Mason promoted her Chief of Staff Mark Braun to a vice president position.

Braun will serve as chief of staff and as vice president for external relations at a new salary of $225,000, effective Aug. 1. He was earning $202,800.

Brennan, 51, was one of three finalists to interview on the UI campus in July to become the next vice president for strategic communication. Brennan, who will make $220,000 annually, has more than 20 years of higher education communications experience and will begin Aug. 31. His responsibilities include leading consistent and successful messaging from University Communication and Marketing, the university's 11 colleges, and other units with independent communication units. He also will oversee the Hancher performing arts program.

Braun was the university's lobbyist for 10 years and has been Mason's chief of staff for the past five. He will be responsible for the Office of the President, UI Alumni Association, Office of Governmental Relations; serve as the UI's transparency officer; and coordinate with the vice president for strategic communication and the university spokesperson.

Brennan comes to the UI from the State University of New York at Buffalo, where he is associate vice president for university communications. Braun served as interim vice president for strategic communication since January.

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