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U of I Departments to Share Leaders

February 17, 2009

The Associated Press

IOWA CITY — The University of Iowa may consolidate leadership in some of its smaller departments to trim its budget.

Officials say consolidating the leadership in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences would save the university $250,000.

Administrators say they plan to have some of the liberal-arts departments operating under a shared administration by this fall.

Linda Maxson, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, says there are 18 small departments in the college.

The plan would cut the number of faculty members who serve in administrative posts, freeing them to do more teaching, Maxson said.

While some faculty members say consolidating leadership would be inefficient, Provost Wallace Loh says similar actions have been taken in the past with positive results.

— AP