Dear Alumni and Friends,

I am honored to return home to the University of Iowa College of Education as its 17th dean, joining a college filled with outstanding faculty, staff, students, alumni, donors, and friends.

photo of Dean Dan Clay

These are individuals committed to excellence through creating innovative teaching and learning opportunities, pursuing cutting-edge research, and engaging with communities through outreach, creative partnerships, and service learning.

Nicholas Colangelo, who led the college during the 2015-16 academic year, has done an extraordinary job and provided excellent leadership.

It was a true privilege to take the torch from Nicholas as he retired June 30. My vision is to continue to grow and support our highly ranked and academically rigorous programs that draw students and faculty from across the state, nation, and world.

The college celebrated many major achievements and made substantive contributions to scholarship in a number of fields this past year. These achievements include the naming of our Teacher Leader Center in honor of our alumna and generous donor, Linda R. Baker, seeing the Iowa Reading Research Center extend its impact across the state with a pilot summer reading project, and embracing opportunities to contribute to understanding and dialogue around difficult topics.

As you read through this year’s annual report, which captures just a few of the past year’s highlights, you will see badges that illustrate the research, teaching, and engagement that was made possible thanks to private donations.

Thanks to the generosity of our donors and friends, more undergraduate and graduate students continue to receive scholarships to pursue their academic dreams. Our college has surpassed its fund-raising goal for the second time, helping us raise more than $52 million as part of the University of Iowa Foundation’s campaign: For Iowa. Forever More.

I could not be more proud to be part of the Hawkeye family and look forward to continuing to lead this outstanding college into the future.


Best wishes,

Daniel L. Clay

Dean, College of Education