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NOTEBOOK – ONE GOOD READ: Meet Barbara Wilson, UI’s new president


The University of Iowa’s alumni magazine has a great profile piece on Barbara Wilson, the university’s new president. “Wilson already has the extensive leadership credentials to lead Iowa; now she and her family are working to meet all the Hawkeyes they can, navigate the hilly terrain of Iowa City, and build their black-and-gold wardrobes,” wrote Shelbi Thomas, who first interviewed Wilson virtually just before her arrival to Iowa City. The university’s emphasis on writing and communication is a strength that Wilson is excited about. “If you look at what most employers want these days, it’s often what I call higher-order skills, and those are often related to communication: how you work in teams, how you express yourself, and how you use analytical skills in problem-solving situations, so I love that emphasis at Iowa,” she said. And she’s a dog lover. Of her West Highland white terrier, Ollie, Wilson says, “He already has an Iowa dog collar and a little Iowa outfit from my sisters, so I think he’ll be dressed appropriately.”

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