- Associated Press - Thursday, July 16, 2015

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa university will spend up to $145,000 to hire an outside consultant to oversee its strategic communications after its employee who handled the work recently announced that he was leaving for a similar post at a New York college.

The University of Iowa confirmed to the Iowa City Press-Citizen (http://icp-c.com/1CJrOzc ) on Tuesday that it’s contracting with Terri Goren of Goren & Associates, which is based in Atlanta. Her contract began July 1 and it expires Dec. 31.

Goren will be paid $20,000 per month with a $25,000 cap on flight, meals and reimbursement. She won’t be an official college employee but rather an independent contractor.

School spokeswoman Jeneane Beck said that Goren already has been in communication with administrators and staff.

The last day for the school’s vice president of strategic communications, Joe Brennan, is scheduled for Aug. 3. Brennan said last month that he was leaving to take a job at the University at Albany-State University of New York.

The decision to hire Goren was made by the school’s Vice President for Medical Affairs Jean Robillard, who’s set to serve as interim president after school President Sally Mason retires at the end of the month.

“Searching for a new president is a critical time for a university and requires strong internal and external communication,” Beck said in an emailed statement. “The senior leaders in the department are relatively new so Dr. Robillard thought it made sense to bring in someone to help guide the office during this important transition.”

Brennan’s position is one of three vice president openings that school administrators expect to keep vacant until the Iowa Board of Regents appoints a new president.

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Information from: Iowa City Press-Citizen, http://www.press-citizen.com/

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