Former University of Iowa vice president heading to Utah

UI names new College of Public Health dean

IOWA CITY — After resigning from his vice presidential role at the University of Iowa in the fall, Dan Reed has accepted an offer to become senior vice president for academic affairs at University of Utah in July.

Reed had been UI Vice President for research and economic development for five years before stepping down in September to remain on faculty but “focus on national research and competitiveness policy,” according to a campus message Tuesday from UI President Bruce Harreld. Reed also has been developing “new directions in computer and computational science,” according to Harreld.

“He made it his mission to expand and highlight the great work of our research community,” according to Harreld’s message. “I know he will have a positive impact in Utah.”

John Keller, dean of the UI Graduate College and associate provost, has been serving as interim vice president for research and economic development in Reed’s stead since Oct. 1. UI faculty David Gier and Aliasger Salem are co-chairing a search committee to find a permanent replacement.

The shuffle is part of much turnover across the UI administrative ranks — with the institution reporting recent changes for positions like chief diversity officer, dean of students, associate provost for undergraduate education, and provost.

At the college level, the university has seen recent change over the Carver College of Medicine and the UI College of Law. It is losing its College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean Chaden Djalali in July, and it announced on Tuesday a new College of Public Health dean — Edith Parker, professor and chair of the UI Department of Community and Behavioral Health.

Parker, who will make a salary of $320,000, will be the college’s third dean — a position Sue Curry vacated last year to take over as interim provost upon Barry Butler’s departure. Professor Keith Mueller has been serving as interim dean of the college since April 2017, and he’ll return to his previous role a chair of the Department of Health Management and Policy when Parker starts her new job June 1.


Parker has been professor and chair since joining the UI faculty in 2010, and she also holds a faculty appointment with the UI Public Policy Center. She directs the UI Prevention Research Center for Rural Health — one of 26 such centers funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Parker was one of five finalists interviewed on campus in March and early April.

“Edith is widely recognized and admired for her innovation and leadership to engage and inspire communities in efforts to improve population health and address health equity,” Interim Provost Curry said in a statement. “Her outstanding work in this area, which is central to public health, as well as her established record of success as a top researcher, educator, and administrative leader will make her an exceptional dean for our College of Public Health.”

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