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First woman named to head Tippie College of Business

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) -

The University of Iowa announced on Tuesday that they have named the first woman dean of the Henry B. Tippie College of Business.

Sarah Gardial, 54, who is currently the vice provost of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, has been named dean of the college of business effective July 1.

A native of Hot Springs, Arkansas, Gardial earned undegraduate and MBA degrees from the University of Arkansas and in 1986, earned her doctorate from the University of Houston.

Gardial then joined the marketing faculty of the University of Tennessee's College of Business Administration and later served as assistant dean for the full-time MBA program and associate dean for academic programs.

She has served as the school's vice provost for faculty affairs since 2008.

Gardial was one of five finalists interviewed on campus in January and February.

She will replace dean William "Curt" Hunter, the first African-American dean of the Tippie College, who is retiring.  Her salary will be $380,000.

Gardial is married to Jeffrey Gleeson.  The couple has two daughters, Meredith and Julia who attend college.

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