Created: 08/15/2014 7:30 AM KAALtv.com
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - The University of Iowa is announcing staff changes as administrators try to step up the school's support for businesses and entrepreneurs.
The school said Thursday that its director of federal relations, Peter Matthes, will take on a new role working to "grow corporate and business partnerships."
Separately, the university named administrator David Conrad as assistant vice president for economic development. He will lead efforts to commercialize research, transfer technology to the private sector and work with businesses.
UI President Sally Mason says in a statement the realignment is an important step toward helping companies thrive and ensuring "faculty and student innovators have adequate support" to translate ideas into products and businesses.
The Iowa Board of Regents has made clear that it expects the university to focus on economic development.
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