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Murray Blackwelder, External Affairs, (515) 294-7730
Steve Sullivan, News Service, (515) 294-3720


AMES, Iowa -- John McCarroll, manager of media relations and financial communications for MidAmerican Energy Co., Des Moines, has been named director of university relations at Iowa State University.

McCarroll will start his new position on Monday, April 14. As director of university relations at ISU, McCarroll will coordinate media relations; oversee the news service, internal communications and photo service units of university relations; serve as primary media spokesperson for the university; and work with key administrators, including the university president, on public relations matters.

"John McCarroll brings years of experience and leadership in business and media relations to the position of director of university relations at Iowa State University," said Murray Blackwelder, vice president for external affairs. "He knows Iowa very well as a result of his work in industry and government. His experiences will be a great asset to Iowa State."

McCarroll has been manager of media relations at MidAmerican Energy Co. since November 1989. He served as director of communications for the Iowa Association of Business and Industry from 1982 to 1989, and administrative assistant and press secretary to former Iowa Gov. Robert D. Ray from 1981 to 1982. Prior to this, McCarroll held various positions in print and broadcast media.

McCarroll earned the B.S. degree in journalism from the University of Missouri, Columbia.

McCarroll succeeds Cherryl Jensen, who left ISU in June of 1994 and now serves as director of university relations at Heritage College, Yakima, Wash. John Anderson, associate director of university relations, has been serving as interim director of the department.

"John Anderson has served as interim director of university relations for nearly three years and his work has helped keep Iowa State on track to meeting its strategic goals," said Blackwelder. "He is truly dedicated to Iowa State and we deeply appreciate the wonderful job he has done for the university."


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