Iowa State University has announced that Sharon Drake, who has held a variety of positions in higher education, will become the university's permanent Ombuds officer July 1. Drake has been a lecturer in Iowa State's educational leadership and policy studies department since 2001. She also co-directs the department's program to prepare women and minorities for administrative positions in Iowa community colleges. Drake led Iowa State's training and development office for 15 years (1986-2001). She also has held posts at the University of Minnesota, St. Paul; Kharkiv Polytechnic, Ukraine; and Simpson College, Indianola. She has three degrees from Iowa State -- B.S. in home economics education, M.S. in counselor education and Ph.D. in agricultural education. Drake's appointment to the post culminates a two-year pilot of the ombuds program under the former ISU associate provost and the former ISU assistant dean of students. (Inside Iowa State.)
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