Higher education

UI's Rick Klatt to take on campuswide role

'I might be able to provide assistant immediately'

Rick Klatt
Rick Klatt

IOWA CITY — Known for his role over more than three decades as an associate athletics director for the University of Iowa, Rick Klatt next week will take on additional responsibilities for the larger UI campus.

Klatt has been named interim director for special communications initiatives with the UI Office of the Vice President for Strategic Communications. His salary, which was $124,166 in the 2014 budget year, won’t change, said UI spokeswoman Jeneane Beck.

The temporary move will help the university cope with the recent departure of three key leaders in the communications office: Joseph Brennan, vice president for strategic communications, left in August, and Lynn Donham, senior director for marketing communications, and Lin Larson, director of university creative services, both are planning to leave before the end of the year, according to Beck.

Klatt will begin in his new role Oct. 15.

He told The Gazette the interim assignment is “an important space that has become very short-handed in a very short period of time.” Klatt said his institutional knowledge could be valuable in the role.

“I might be able to provide assistant immediately because of some very transferable skills and 30 years of familiarity with campus,” he said.

The university in July also hired an Atlanta-based consultant to help guide the communications office over the next few months as it transitions to a new president — J. Bruce Harreld is scheduled to start Nov. 2.

The agreement with Terri Goren of Goren and Associates began July 1, runs through Dec. 31, and pays $20,000 a month — plus a $25,000 cap on flight, meals, and other reimbursements — for three days of work a week, or 12 full days a month.

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