Board of Regents' efficiency project manager returns to University of Iowa

Braun's salary will not change

Mark Braun
Mark Braun

IOWA CITY — After leaving his University of Iowa post as chief of staff and vice president for external relations in August to serve in the Board of Regents Office as project manager for its efficiency study, Mark Braun is expected to return to campus.

Braun will become UI vice president for operational efficiency and regulatory compliance, effective April 6, according to regents documents and UI officials. He will maintain his current responsibilities with the efficiency study and his salary will not change, documents show.

Braun took a leave of absence from his UI role in August, although the university continued to pay his salary, listed at $223,150 in 2014, according to the State Employee Salary Book. As project manager for the efficiency study, Braun coordinated contact between the Board of Regents, the three universities, and consultants hired to conduct the review.

With much of the review in an implementation phase or on track with various consultants, Braun in his new role will “enable the university to remain focused on instituting the (efficiency) cost saving initiatives and ensure the sustainability of the transformative higher education efforts of the university and the Board of Regents,” UI President Sally Mason said in a statement.

Braun, in a statement, said he’s excited to take on the new role.

“Continually looking at how we operate and function, and identifying ways to strengthen and streamline our efforts is an important part of being good stewards of our resources,” Braun said.

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