In May 2008, Iowa State University has announced the appointment of Sharon Drake as its first permanent Ombuds after a two-year test of an Ombuds program. Earlier this summer, Drake withdrew for "personal reasons." Iowa State has turned to Elaine Newell, who will start on September 12. Newell is a civil rights attorney who has worked for the State of Iowa Board of Regents and the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia. She also was assistant attorney general for the State of Georgia and a writer and editor for a number of corporations. "Newell's legal training and experience with higher education make her a good fit for this position," said executive assistant to the president Tahira Hira. "In her previous positions, she has worked with a wide spectrum of clients. She's a good communicator and listener. I am excited that she will be serving Iowa State in this important position." (Inside Iowa State.)
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