The University of Iowa

Admissions/Enrollment Management Announcements

Faculty and Staff Colleagues:

Michael Barron, assistant provost for enrollment management and executive director of admissions, has announced that he plans to retire from the university at the end of this summer.  I'd like to take this opportunity to publicly thank Mike for his extraordinary service as director of the UI Office of Admissions for the last 27 years, and also share some information about how we plan to move forward.

Mike's leadership has helped the university reach many important goals over the years, including record enrollment in the first year class (three times in just the last five years) and increased diversity and academic preparedness in the student body as a whole.  He played a key role in the implementation of the MAUI student information system, strengthened his office's focus on customer service and efficiency, and led the effort to simplify the admission process.  And, as all of us who have had the pleasure of working closely with him can attest, he has been a warm, engaging colleague and friend, whose presence on campus will be missed.

A search for Mike's successor will begin immediately, and we are working to ensure a smooth leadership transition.  We are also taking this transition period as an opportunity to do some restructuring to advance strategic priorities.  To that end, we are creating a new position, associate vice president (AVP) for enrollment management.  This new AVP, who will report to me, will provide critical leadership to the university's effort to recruit an academically strong and diverse student body in alignment with our long-term enrollment growth goals.  The AVP will oversee the offices of Admissions and Student Financial Aid.  This position has been advertised, and the search is moving forward quickly.

If you have questions about the associate vice president position, I encourage you to contact me or the search committee chair, Joe Brennan (, vice president for strategic communication.  I also hope you will join me in sharing your good wishes with Mike.

P. Barry Butler
Executive Vice President and Provost